Case dropped against Ohio man seen with rubber ax

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Posted: Nov 22, 2011 6:24 AM
Case dropped against Ohio man seen with rubber ax

Ohio prosecutors have dropped an inducing panic charge against a man who carried a rubber prop ax into a bar before Halloween.

Akron City Prosecutor Doug Powley says he reviewed the case against 42-year-old Bill Morrison and determined that, in his words, the "situation did not warrant a criminal conviction." The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( http://bit.ly/v2M0cK) paperwork dismissing the case was filed Monday.

Morrison was arrested Oct. 16 and spent a night in jail after a woman saw him with the ax under his coat and called 911.

The ax had red paint on it to simulate blood. Morrison has been a Hollywood makeup artist and has worked on Halloween haunted house attractions. He told police he was taking the costume ax to sell to a friend.

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Information from: Akron Beacon Journal, http://www.ohio.com