Friday, January 13, 2006

Where I'm From

Copied from my hometown newspaper, the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader.

‘Jazzbo’ sentenced to 6 months probation

WILKES-BARRE – James Jude McCarthy, 44, of East Northampton Street in Wilkes-Barre, pleaded guilty and was sentenced Monday to six months probation on five counts of driving under the influence.

Luzerne County Court of Common Pleas Judge Joseph Augello also imposed $25 fines on summary offenses of harassment and criminal mischief. Additional charges of burglary and reckless endangerment were dropped. A charge of simple assault was previously thrown out at a preliminary hearing.

Wilkes-Barre police said McCarthy threw his ex-girlfriend, Jennifer Spagnola, out of a moving vehicle and then beat her at her residence May 13. Police said McCarthy, who is known professionally as Jazzbo the Clown, had been drinking and using cocaine before the incident.

Police said cocaine was found in McCarthy’s system and his blood-alcohol level was 0.095 percent. An adult driver in Pennsylvania is considered intoxicated with a level of 0.08.

McCarthy, the son of Councilman Jim McCarthy, also threatened to use political influence to harm the woman.


Councilman's son, who works as a clown, threw a woman out of his car because he was high on coke. It reads like a Mad-Lib, but that's Wilkes-Barre for you.


k.c. said...

"who is known professionally as Jazzbo the Clown": now, it's a helluva day when a journalist gets to pen such words. snort-a-licious!

Julie said...

I've always said clowns are creepy, and this is just more proof.

Carol said...

And the real punch line is six months of effing probation.

Yep, that's one reason why I don't live there anymore.

Welcome back, Hanged Man! You were missed.

the hanged man said...

I found this story on, a spiritually ugly "world is going to hell in a handbasket" website that I read because sometimes they have political stories that somehow get missed by US mainstream media.

In the comment section of this story, there were a number of entries from ladies who were completely MORTIFIED that Jazzbo only got six months probation. To paraphrase a song by XTC: cause Dad's a councilman and knows exactly what the job of councilman's all about.

Carol said...

I have absolutely no proof of this, but I think the clown is really a porn star named Jizzbo.

Molly said...

I'm totally forwarding this to people who've asked me 'so how did you end up in NJ?'...typically I just say "I drove 'til I hit water" but this is even better... Julie, I completely agree about the clown thing! Anyone ever see the Simpsons where Homer is trying to bond w/ Bart and makes him a Krusty bed and it's evil looking? Bart basically remains in the fetal position all night rocking and trying to find his happy place. Carol, this goes to the 'mummer' thing, too!!

Julie said...

Molly, when I was in my early 20's, I was at a three year old's birthday and the party clown spent 90% of his time following me around trying to grope me! Since then, I've had major clown issues.

the hanged man said...

Carol -
That's funny - when I told my friend Bob the Jazzbo story, he also inquired about a porno clown named Jizzbo.

Julie - I'm trying to follow your story with a funny comment that's not offensive but I just can't do it.