Judge dismisses final charge against Pennsylvania sheriff accused of harassing others


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BEAVER, Pennsylvania — A judge has dismissed the final charge against a western Pennsylvania sheriff accused of threatening a local journalist and a campaign worker in separate incidents.

A Beaver County jury in July found Sheriff George David not guilty of assault, terroristic threats and witness intimidation after a five-day trial.

Those charges stemmed from a news blogger who claimed David threatened him with a gun in 2012 while being questioned about whether bidding procedures had been followed in buying deputies' uniforms.

David testified that the blogger wanted him to intercede on behalf of the blogger's domestic partner, a police officer who was in danger of being fired for horsing around with a stun gun on duty.

The judge on Wednesday dismissed a final harassment charge, which the jury couldn't decide, alleging George threatened to cut off a campaign worker's hands.

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