Emanuel Smith, 60, charged with inducing panic and criminal trespass after making Ebola joke at Horseshoe Casino on Wednesday October 15, 2014.

A felony, a freaking felony? That’s ridiculous.

From my local bird-cage liner, The Plain Dealer:

CLEVELAND, Ohio – Bond is set at $10,000 for a Cleveland man charged with inducing panic after being accused of telling a Horseshoe Casino worker that he was gambling to avoid his Ebola-stricken ex-wife.

Hours after news broke Wednesday that a Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola had visited Cleveland, Emanuel Smith, 60, told a table games dealer that he was dodging a sick ex-wife who traveled to Cleveland from West Africa, according to the Ohio Casino Control Commission.

Smith, a former Cuyahoga County employee, visited the casino by himself. He and his ex-wife do not have Ebola and have not traveled to Africa, according to local officials.

Defense attorney Kathleen DeMetz said the exchange has been blown out of proportion.

“People were having a general discussion about the current situation,” she said. “He made a comment regarding his former wife who had traveled to Africa sometime in the past and that he tries to stay away from her.” Read More…