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Constable Fry has Dec. 5 court date

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The Ellis County Press

       FT. WORTH – Precinct 1 Constable Ben Fry, R-Ennis, will appear in the 297th District Court before Judge Everett Young on Friday, Dec.5 for a hearing stemming from a dispute on April 5 at Cardona's Mexican restaurant in Ft. Worth.

Fry has retained former Ft. Worth councilman Jim Lane as his defense lawyer.

Lupe Cardona, owner of the restaurant, will be present with prosecuting attorney Barbara Griffin of the Tarrant County District Attorneys office.

If convicted of the Class A misdemeanor Fry could face up to one year in jail and/or $4,000 fine.

The incident was reportedly over Fry asking for his alcohol charges on his bill to be discounted because he received poor service.

When the owner said he could only discount 5 percent off , allegedly Fry became violent and grabbed a waitresses' wrist, pushed her and demanded that she show him the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission license he reportedly tore off the wall.

Fry, first elected in 2002 to represent the precinct covering Ennis, Palmer, Ferris and parts of Red Oak, also reportedly used his position of constable to threaten to have the restaurant shut down. Fry later apologized, according to Cardona in a television interview.

Fry is seeking re-election this Nov. 4 for Precinct 1, running unopposed.

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