Ham Festival disorderly conduct case continued
by Franklin Clark -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Apr 22, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The case of a retired auto worker and Benton resident who was arrested at last year’s Ham Festival for disorderly conduct will continue for the time being. The trial had been set for Friday morning, but Pam Perry at the Trigg County District Court said it was rescheduled.

Trigg County Assistant Attorney Duncan Cavanaugh said he and the defense are still in the process of working on an agreement, but said he couldn’t comment further until an official agreement was reached.

Clarence Jay Latham, 78, was arrested on Oct. 12, 2008, near Trigg County High School during the Ham Festival Parade on a disorderly conduct charge, according to a report from the Cadiz Police Department.

The report states that during the parade, Latham was on a float that had a sign that had what were described in the report as “explicit sayings.” While the report doesn’t specify the nature of the sayings, the Western Kentucky Journal of Politics and Issues is reporting that the float had a word referring to male bovine byproducts.

The Ham Festival Committee told Latham that they didn’t want him in the parade, and the police asked him to leave after being called by committee members, at which point Latham “caused a scene,” the report said, adding that Latham became an annoyance to the people that witnessed the event.
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