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Man Charged After Leading Wife With Leash At York Fair

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YORK (AP) – A Maryland man who said he used a dog leash to lead his wife around a York County fair because she has late-stage dementia and has previously wandered away is facing a simple assault charge. West Manchester Township Police say 66-year-old Walter Wolford yanked the 8-inch long red nylon leash, causing his wife’s head to jerk back and leave red marks around her throat. But the Hagerstown man says he only gently tugged on the leash, which he uses to keep his wife from getting lost. Authorities say the officer called to the York Fair on Saturday tried to speak to the woman. But she didn’t know where she was, didn’t know her name, and spoke in gibberish. Wolford said he attached the leash to his wife’s waist, but it somehow moved up around her neck. It wasn’t known if Wolford has retained an attorney.

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