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Nov. 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM   |   Comments

Man with Romney tattoo 'disappointed'

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- An Indiana man who had Mitt Romney's campaign logo tattooed on his face in the weeks leading up to the election said he is "totally disappointed."

Eric Hartsburg, 30, who had his face tattooed with the Romney/Ryan double-"R" logo a couple weeks before President Barack Obama won re-election, said Tuesday's vote did not end the way he'd hoped, Politico reported Tuesday.

"Totally disappointed, man," Hartsburg said. "I'm the guy who has egg all over his face, but instead of egg, it's a big Romney/Ryan tattoo. It's there for life."

He said his wife, also a supporter of the Republican ticket, was "taken aback" by his tattoo plans, but his 15-year-old son was "all about it."

Hartsburg said he raised $5,000 on eBay before getting the tattoo.

Hartsburg, who describes himself as a professional wrestler, said he is hoping the tattoo "opens some other doors in the entertainment business."


Police use Taser on man fighting fire

PINELLAS PARK, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida man said police shot him with a Taser dart for using a garden hose to attempt to fight a fire in his neighbor's home.

Dan Jensen, 42, said he initially complied with Pinellas Park police when they told him to get back from the burning house Thursday, but he returned with the garden hose when he became frustrated with how long it was taking firefighters to arrive, the Tampa Bay (Fla.) Times reported Tuesday.

Jensen said he heard an officer tell another to "take him down" with a Taser and he then felt the jolt of electricity from the device.

Police said Jensen could have been charged with obstruction, but officials decided against it.

Jensen's attorney, Heidi Imhof, said police used "excessive force" in firing the Taser dart.

"They can't just Taser anyone," she said. "He's an unarmed person on his private property trying to fight a fire."


Homeless man arrested for charging phone

SARASOTA, Fla., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- A Florida judge said a police officer did not have the authority to arrest a homeless man for charging his phone at a public picnic shelter.

Circuit Judge Charles Williams said Sarasota Police Sgt. Anthony Frangioni arrested Darren Kersey, 28, around 9:20 p.m. Sunday on a charge of theft of utilities for charging his phone in an outlet at the public picnic shelter at Gillespie Park, the Sarasota Herald-Tribune reported Tuesday.

Williams threw out the case Monday, saying Frangioni did not have the legal justification to arrest Kersey.

A police spokesman said officials are reviewing the case.


Police seek false report 'swatter'

RAINIER, Wash., Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Authorities in Washington state said they are investigating the origins of a false hostage situation report received online.

The Thurston County Sheriff's Office said detectives have filed search warrants to identify the Internet user who falsely claimed a man and his son were being held hostage June 26 at a home in Rainier, The Olympian, Olympia, Wash., reported Tuesday.

Deputies said a "swatter," a term for people who attempt to trick emergency responders into responding to homes on false reports, sent messages to the sheriff's office June 26 claiming a man and his son were being held hostage.

Investigators said a 13-year-old boy who lives at the address of the false report had been playing a video game online with Xbox Live a month or two before the incident when an opponent threatened to "swat" him.

False reporting is a gross misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $5,000 fine.

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