Ohio prosecutor drops charge against Pa. groundhog

    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 says Punxsutawney Phil has a defense with teeth in it since the animal’s handler is taking the blame.

     

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    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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