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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Dispute Over Vomit Cleanup Spurs Hammer Attack at Fair

Some breaking local news for you. Here's the article from the Grand Forks Herald.

FARGO – A carnival worker arrested last week for hitting a fellow employee at the Red River Valley Fair in the head with a hammer allegedly did so after the victim insisted he clean up a pile of vomit left on a ride by a fair-goer.

Richard “Old Man Richard” Wareham, 49, of Houston, Texas, was charged last week in Cass County District Court with one count of aggravated assault, a C felony.

According to court documents filed in the case, Cass County Deputy Jeff Arth was dispatched at 9:47 p.m. July 9 to a report of an assault with a hammer at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo.

Arth interviewed the man hit with the hammer, Jesus Geronimo Avila, 39, who said he was working on a ride he doesn’t normally work on, alongside a man nicknamed “Old Man Richard.”

Avila told the deputy that he confronted Wareham about not wanting to help clean up some vomit on the ride. The ride isn’t identified in court records.

According to Avila, he was putting away a broom when Wareham came after him with the hammer, hitting him in the head with it five times and leaving four lacerations, authorities allege in reports filed with the complaint.

Avila was taken to Sanford Medical Center after the alleged assault.
Wareham was taken to the Cass County Jail. His bail was set at $10,000 cash.

His next court appearance is set for Aug. 7.

You can read the full article at the Grand Forks Herald.  


Karen said...

I hate to say it, but I think the attack may have been justified. I myself would do almost anything to get out of cleaning up vomit. A hammer probably wouldn't be my weapon of choice, however, but I guess whatever is close to hand in a situation like this is understandable.

And if I was on the jury, deciding his sentence would be a tough job. It depends on the ride...if it was the Ferris Wheel, well, that would certainly be a mess to clean up, no doubt, but the offensive material would have been more contained than one of those other crazy rides like the Zipper where the victims are flung upside down and around and around. Eewwww......

Our little town hosts the County Fair every year and it will be here next week. There's nothing like the life of the Carnie, one of our local girls ran off with the fair a few years back. I can see why, the romance, the drama, and of course, the vomit. What more can a person ask for?

A hose, I think they could ask for a hose.

El Gaucho said...

Yeah, I would think that a sympathetic jury wouldn't be too hard to find on this case. I actually read about this story in the newspaper a week ago, but it was just that a guy was arrested at the fair for a hammer assault. I wasn't sure if that story line by itself was Deaf Dogs and Benevolent Gnomes worthy, but now that the follow up story came out and it involved vomit cleanup? Heck yes that needs to go on the blog.

And in response to your earlier comment, the knee is better. I'm resuming some activities and making the determination whether various aches and pains/limited mobility is temporary and will abate, or whether this is the "new normal". Yes, getting old is quite a drag...

Anonymous said...

As a dog and cat owner, I have had to do this more times than I can count. But it would nauseate me at a county fair, but not that I would wield a hammer.