Ohio prosecutor drops charge against Pa. groundhog

Ohio prosecutor drops charge against Pa. groundhog

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Punxsutawney Phil faces a felony charge from Butler County, Ohio for his intentional incorrect early spring prediction

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by Associated Press

WHAS11.com

Posted on March 26, 2013 at 9:41 AM

Updated Tuesday, Mar 26 at 9:41 AM

HAMILTON, Ohio (AP) -- The groundhog is off the hook.
 
   An Ohio prosecutor who light-heartedly filed a criminal indictment against the famous Pennsylvania groundhog who fraudulently "predicted" an early spring says he has dismissed the charge. Butler County Prosecutor Mike Gmoser (MOH'-sur) says Punxsutawney Phil has a defense with teeth in it since the animal's handler is taking the blame.
 
   The Groundhog Day celebration about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh attracts worldwide attention each year. That stretched well beyond Feb. 2 when Gmoser last week issued an indictment as winter-like weather continued across much of the nation even as spring began.
 
   Gmoser says the tongue-in-cheek indictment generated a lot of attention, but he has a lot of "really serious work" to do and wanted to end things on a positive note.

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