- The Washington Times - Saturday, December 11, 2004

Councilman tells baker to pull Bush photos

LANCASTER, Pa. — A Democratic city councilman is demanding that a baker remove photos of President Bush from his stand in Lancaster’s farmers market, saying the city needs a “healing period” after the bitterly contested election.

City Councilman Nelson Polite asked baker David Stoltzfus last month to remove the pictures. When Mr. Stoltzfus refused, Mr. Polite threatened to push a city ordinance that would ban all political material from public places.

“I just feel that since it was a close election and the city’s so divided, that we should have a healing period,” Mr. Polite told the New Era newspaper.

Mr. Stoltzfus, 54, of Lititz, and his wife opened the Upper Crust Bakery stand in March 2003. A photo of Mr. Bush is attached to the stand portico, and a photo of the president and first lady Laura Bush sits on a shelf.

The baker said he is enjoying the attention, and other standholders have shown their support by posting photos of the president. “It’s fun,” Mr. Stoltzfus said. “Even the Democrats come to me and tell me, ‘Don’t take that picture down.’”

Spiked gelatin reported at school

GRETNA, La. — Traces of alcohol were detected in a gelatin dessert taken to school by a fourth-grader — leading to her suspension — but it could have been the result of natural fermentation, a school official said.

School board President Gene Katsanis said the gelatin cannot be retested because it was not refrigerated after being discovered in the student’s book bag last month. “It will always remain a mystery,” he said.

The 8-year-old girl took the gelatin to school in small containers similar to those used by bars that serve liquor-spiked gelatin. The girl’s gelatin was made by her mother, who works in a French Quarter bar that serves alcoholic gelatin shots.

The mother, Adrienne Noble, has insisted that the gelatin never contained alcohol. She said the containers were innocent treats for her daughter’s classmates. However, the girl was suspended for nine days because of a rule against possession of materials that appear to contain alcohol.

Not-so-jolly Santa charged with assault

ATLANTA — A man dressed as Santa Claus was charged with assault Friday, accused of using a board to strike a woman in the face and head, police said.

Elkin Donnie Clarke, 49, also reportedly threatened to hit a second woman who stepped in to get him to stop hitting Annie Ruth Nelson, 74. The second woman was not injured, but Mrs. Nelson was knocked unconscious and taken to a hospital, police spokesman Sgt. John Quigley said.

Mr. Clarke told police that Mrs. Nelson had taken 29 sealed boxes of Hershey’s chocolates worth $145 from him, but witnesses did not confirm his story, Sgt. Quigley said.

Girl handcuffed for scissors in school

PHILADELPHIA — A 10-year-old girl was placed in handcuffs and taken to a police station because she took a pair of scissors to her elementary school.

School district officials said the fourth-grade student did not threaten anyone with the 8-inch shears, but violated a rule that considers scissors to be potential weapons.

Administrators said they were following state law when they called police Thursday, and police said they were following department rules when they handcuffed Porsche Brown and took her away in a patrol wagon.

Police officers decided the girl hadn’t committed a crime and let her go. The school suspended her for five days.

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