W. Pa. Couple Jailed in Christmas Eve Sauce Spat

A western Pennsylvania couple is nursing minor injuries and spending their second day in a county jail cell today, and it's all because of a fight over a condiment: barbecue sauce.

State police from Belle Vernon say 42-year-old Tracy Lee Giffin and her boyfriend, 56-year-old William Edward Balas, spent their Christmas in county jail  and remain jailed today after police say they fought with each other on Christmas Eve after the woman forgot to bring home barbecue sauce from the store.

Police say Giffin bit Balas on the hand and nose and Balas struck Giffin in the eye during the fight. Troopers say both were injured by the time they arrived at the couple's Denbo home about 11 p.m. Tuesday.

The couple was arraigned early Christmas morning on charges of simple assault and harassment.

Online court records show they're scheduled for a preliminary hearing Jan. 7. Those records don't list defense attorneys for the couple, who both remained in the Washington County Jail on Thursday.

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