- Associated Press - Thursday, April 2, 2015

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y. (AP) - A judge has dismissed stalking and harassment charges filed against an ice cream truck operator who had been accused of trying to run his rival, Mr. Ding-A-Ling, out of their small New York town.

Prosecutors in Fulton County say a judge in Gloversville dismissed the charges against Joshua Malatino this week.

Malatino and a co-owner of their Snow Kone Joe ice cream truck business were charged in April 2013 after the driver of a Mr. Ding-a-Ling truck said the two had harassed and stalked him. Officials said Malatino had told the rival operator that he owned the ice cream business in Gloversville, a city of 15,000 located 40 miles northwest of Albany.

Malatino said the case led him to be humiliated beyond his hometown because the case made news worldwide.

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