Barking --- It's Free Speech

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    ATHENS, Ohio (Court TV) — You have the right to bark back at a police dog.

    That is what an Ohio appeals court ruled last week in the case of Jeremy Gilchrist, who was charged with violating a state law that prohibits taunting or tormenting a police dog.

    The appeals court said a lower court judge was right to dismiss charges against Gilchrist, who barked back at a dog named Pepsie. The trial judge ruled that the law violates free speech rights.

    Gilchrist had encountered the dog, which was in a police cruiser, as he walked along a street with friends.

    His attorney said he was trying to be funny when he barked back.

    "The mere fact that the police dog had commenced the barking did not entitle it to a solo performance," attorney Patrick McGee wrote in the appeal.

    Officer Krishea Osborne testified that Gilchrist's barking made the dog "work himself up into a frenzy.

    In dismissing the charges, Athens County Municipal Judge Douglas Bennett cited the free speech argument and also ruled Gilchrist wasn't a threat to the animal or public safety because he was 30 feet away from the cruiser

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    Police arrived and arrested Jones, who appeared unhappy to be roused. He was disoriented and said he was sleeping and wanted to be left alone, said Lt. Mike McAllister of the Mineral Wells Police Department.

    Authorities say Jones stole the gun from a vehicle a few blocks away and suspect he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

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    Nachos have extra kick

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    A Santa Cruz sheriff's department spokesman said the two waiters would take the order and then pick up the money that was placed inside a napkin on the table. Marijuana was then wrapped in the napkin and returned to the customers. Cocaine was delivered in tea bags.

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    Bank robbery suspect makes a slow getaway

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    Police say Jonathan Mathis, 29, approached a teller at a SunTrust bank branch at about 10 a.m. on Feb. 10, said he had a gun and demanded money. The teller handed the man an undetermined amount of cash.

    The man fled on foot and was arrested a short while later on a city bus. Police suspected the robber might use a bus because it was the same escape method used in a prior hold up.

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  • Swan

    These are funny Sally!

    The man fled on foot and was arrested a short while later on a city bus. Police suspected the robber might use a bus because it was the same escape method used in a prior hold up.

    Maybe he robbed the bank because he needed exact change!


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