Ohio poll worker charged with biting voter's nose

THOMAS J. SHEERAN - Associated Press
This photo provided by the Cleveland Police Department shows James N. Wilson. Wilson is a poll worker suspected of trying to bite off the nose of a voter during an Election Day argument on Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 in Cleveland. He is currently in custody and awaiting charges in the felonious assault investigation. (AP Photo/Cleveland Police Department)

CLEVELAND (AP) — A poll worker in Ohio accused of biting a voter's nose during an Election Day argument has been charged with assault.

Police say 53-year-old James N. Williams of Cleveland was charged Thursday and jailed to await a court hearing Saturday.

He's accused of head-butting and trying to bite off the nose of a voter who helped a campaign volunteer in an argument over signs posted near a Cleveland polling place Tuesday. Greg Flanagan needed hospital treatment.

Flanagan told the poll worker not to act like an ass but says that language didn't merit an attack. Williams was an Election Day rover, checking for voting problems.

Court records don't show an attorney for Williams, and he cannot accept calls in jail.