Sheriff Busted Over Threat to Chop Off Worker's Hands
Grand jury indicts Pennsylvania sheriff George David
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 26, 2013 3:56 PM CDT
Beaver County Sheriff George David is seen in this official photo.   (Beaver County)

(Newser) – A Pennsylvania county sheriff threatened to cut off the hands of a political campaign worker, pulled a gun on a newspaper reporter, and then intimidated underlings and other witnesses so they wouldn't confirm the encounters to journalists and investigators, police and prosecutors said yesterday. Beaver County Sheriff George David was arrested and charged with simple assault, witness intimidation, terroristic threats, reckless endangerment, official oppression, and obstructing the administration of law.

"Shake my hand. I'll cut your ... hands off and I'll eat them. I'll cut your hands off," David told a Democratic campaign worker whom the sheriff believed had spoken ill about him behind his back, according to the grand jury. At a different altercation, David allegedly threatened to shoot the owner of an online website, the Beaver Countian, along with one of its reporters. (Read the reporter's take on the arrest here.) David was allowed to remain free after his arraignment, but was ordered by a district judge to have no contact with the alleged victims, to surrender his blackjack, and not to carry a firearm.

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Mar 27, 2013 8:54 PM CDT
Just another typical scumbag jackboot...
Mar 27, 2013 8:10 AM CDT
I think I should apply to be the new Sheriff of Beaver County. Sounds like my kind of place. Has a nice ring to it, "Sheriff Lickalotapus of Beaver County".
Mar 27, 2013 6:16 AM CDT
The thing is I didn't hear mentioned of him being fired, and this is a prime example of a person that shouldn't have access to guns