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Ohio poll worker charged in voter nose bite claim

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This photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department shows James N. Wilson. Wilson is a poll worker suspected of trying to bite off the nose of a voter during an Election Day argument on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Cleveland. This photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department shows James N. Wilson. Wilson is a poll worker suspected of trying to bite off the nose of a voter during an Election Day argument on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Cleveland.
Voter Greg Flanagan of Cleveland who had just voted, said he was bitten when he went to the aid of a campaign worker who was in an argument with an election employee over a sign posted near the polls. Voter Greg Flanagan of Cleveland who had just voted, said he was bitten when he went to the aid of a campaign worker who was in an argument with an election employee over a sign posted near the polls.

CLEVELAND (AP) — A poll worker in Ohio has been charged with assault for allegedly trying to bite off the nose of a voter during an Election Day argument.

Police say 53-year-old James N. Williams of Cleveland was charged Thursday and jailed to await a court hearing Saturday.

He is accused of head-butting and trying to bite off the nose of a voter who helped a campaign volunteer in an argument over signs posted near a Cleveland polling place Tuesday. Greg Flanagan needed hospital treatment.

Flanagan told the poll worker not to act like an ass, but says that language didn't merit an attack. Williams was an Election Day rover, checking for voting problems.

Court records don't show an attorney for Williams and he cannot accept calls in jail.

 

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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