Poll worker jailed in voter nose bite claim
Posted: Thursday, November 10, 2011 9:38 pm
CLEVELAND (AP) — A poll worker suspected of trying to bite off the nose of a voter during an Election Day argument surrendered to sheriff’s deputies on Wednesday.
James N. Williams turned himself in at the Justice Center, which houses police headquarters and the courts, and was jailed to await possible charges, police spokesman Sgt. Sammy Morris said. The case was investigated as a suspected felonious assault.
Williams, 53, is accused of 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 on Tuesday.
The head-butting and nose-biting landed voter Greg Flanagan, 49, in a hospital for treatment, authorities said, and he was still feeling dizzy hours after his release.
“I’m glad that he turned himself in because that’s the first right decision he’s made in the last 24 hours,” Flanagan said after hearing of Williams’ surrender.
Williams, of Cleveland, was an Election Day rover, checking for voting problems. The elections board said he had a clean record in eight elections since 2006 but won’t be rehired.
There’s no listed home phone number for Williams, and he couldn’t be contacted in jail.
The police incident report said Flanagan tried to intervene in an argument about whether a campaign sign was too close to the polling place.
Published in The Messenger 11.10.11