Pa. chicken-rant victims don’t show for hearing
POINT MARION, Pa.
A district judge has dismissed assault and harassment charges against a southwestern Pennsylvania man who reportedly fought with his son and daughter-in-law after he was served chicken that was baked, when he wanted it fried.
The judge dismissed the charges Thursday against 45-year-old George Rhome, of Point Marion, after the purported victims failed to show up for a preliminary hearing on the charges. The hearing had been rescheduled three times since Rhome was arrested Aug. 27. Court records show he spent four days in jail before posting bail.
The incident occurred in Point Marion, a tiny borough on the West Virginia border, about 50 miles south of Pittsburgh.
A man who answered a phone listed in Rhome’s name said it was a wrong number Thursday night. His public defender could not immediately be reached after hours.
Wis. miniature horse rings bell for Salvation Army
WEST BEND, Wis.
Tinker may be miniature — as in a miniature horse — but he’s a big money raiser for the Salvation Army.
He uses his mouth to hold and ring a red bell and also picks up a “Thank You Merry Christmas” sign. He also can bow and give kisses.
Crowds usually gather to watch the 13-year-old horse and take photos, pet him and, of course, put some money in the red kettle.
Major Roger Ross, a Salvation Army commander, says Tinker brings in 10 times the amount of a regular bell ringer in the area.
One of Tinker’s owners, Carol Takacs, said his name was Tinker when they got him. She says they couldn’t have named him better if they tried.
Saving face: Indiana man removing Romney-Ryan tattoo
MICHIGAN CITY, Ind.
A northern Indiana man who had the Mitt Romney-Paul Ryan campaign logo tattooed onto his face “to make politics fun” says it’s time for it to come off.
Eric Hartsburg of Michigan City, Ind., says he plans to have the red-and-blue “R” removed from its prominent place next to his right eye.
He says a Republican supporter paid him $15,000 to get the tattoo and keep it until at least the election was over.
Weeks after President Barack Obama defeated the former Massachusetts governor in the Nov. 6 election, Hartsburg says “now to me it represents not a losing campaign, but a sore losing campaign.”
Hartsburg says he reached out to the Romney campaign about the tattoo but feels snubbed that no campaign staffer ever contacted him.