A 49-year-old Texas man and his 24-year-old son face felony assault charges after being accused of drawing knives as the son tried to re-enter a Montana strip club after hours to get a dancer's phone number.
The Billings Gazette reports Jose Angel Lopez Sr. and Jose Angel Lopez Jr., both of Corpus Christi, Texas, were charged Monday in Yellowstone County Justice Court with two counts of felony assault with a weapon. Bail was set at $75,000 for the father and $50,000 for the son. They are scheduled to enter pleas in District Court on May 17.
Prosecutors allege Lopez Jr. pulled a knife and slashed at a bouncer who wouldn't let him back into Planet Lockwood early Monday, and that Lopez Sr. slashed at the bartender who punched his son several times.
The leader of a Roman Catholic diocese in Massachusetts charged with driving drunk in Rhode Island pleaded not guilty and was allowed to remain free on $1,000 bail at his arraignment Tuesday.
Worcester Bishop Robert McManus, 61, wearing a white clerical collar in court, did not speak during the two-minute hearing, letting his lawyer enter the not guilty plea on his behalf to charges of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of an accident.
"I have instructed him not to comment," his attorney, former Rhode Island House Speaker William Murphy, said outside.
Murphy referred reporters instead to a statement McManus issued Monday is which he apologized for "a terrible error in judgment" by driving after drinking wine at dinner.
McManus was arrested in Narragansett on Saturday after allegedly striking another vehicle and driving from the scene, police said.
The other driver followed McManus and called police. McManus has a vacation home in the area.
"There is no excuse for the mistake I made, only a commitment to make amends and accept the consequences of my action," McManus said.
He also asked for forgiveness from his friends, family and the people he serves.
McManus declined to take a blood alcohol test and faces an additional civil charge of refusing to submit to a chemical test, which will he heard before a traffic tribunal at a later time, said Narragansett police Capt. Sean Corrigan.
McManus is a Providence, R.I., native and served as auxiliary bishop in Providence for five years, before he was installed as head of the Worcester Diocese in 2004. He's past chairman of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops' Committee on Education.
McManus is due back in court May 28.