Case Dropped Against Ohio Man Seen with Rubber Ax

By the Associated Press | November 22, 2011 | 6:25 AM EST

In a Thursday Nov. 17, 2011 photo, Akron Police Lt. Rick Edwards holds a very realistic rubber ax confiscated from Bill Morrison. Morrison was arrested on Oct. 16 for inducing panic and jailed overnight after he tried to sell the ax at a local Akron bar. (AP Photo/Akron Beacon Journal, Paul Tople) MANDATORY CREDIT

AKRON, Ohio (AP) — Ohio prosecutors have dropped an inducing panic charge against a man who carried a rubber prop ax into a bar before Halloween.

Akron City Prosecutor Doug Powley says he reviewed the case against 42-year-old Bill Morrison and determined that, in his words, the "situation did not warrant a criminal conviction." The Akron Beacon Journal reports ( ) paperwork dismissing the case was filed Monday.

Morrison was arrested Oct. 16 and spent a night in jail after a woman saw him with the ax under his coat and called 911.

The ax had red paint on it to simulate blood. Morrison has been a Hollywood makeup artist and has worked on Halloween haunted house attractions. He told police he was taking the costume ax to sell to a friend.


Information from: Akron Beacon Journal,