Briefly, Sept. 12

Humane Society fundraiser on tap

The Humane Society of Seneca County and TSC are teaming for a car wash and hot dog event 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at TSC, 2501 W. Market St.

Seneca Rough Riders 4-H members are to wash and serve, and the mascot Lucky Dog is expected to be there. All donations collected are to benefit the Humane Society.

Call (419) 447-5704 for more information.

Holy Trinity

festival planned

BUCYRUS – Holy Trinity Parish in Bucyrus is to stage its annual festival 5:30-9 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday on the parish grounds, 760 Tiffin St., Bucyrus.

A classic car display for all makes and models is scheduled for 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday in the school parking lot. There are no entry fees and no awards. The beer garden is to be open with

live music and serving pulled pork sandwiches and chili.

Sunday, the Festival 5K Run begins at 10:30 a.m. at the school. The registration fee is $20.

Also happening Sunday are chicken and pork chop dinners, the John Kennedy Band at the beer garden, children’s games and activities, adult games of chance, raffles bingo and a kids’ tractor pull.

Auditions planned

BUCYRUS – Auditions for “The Dixie Swim Club” are set for 7-9 p.m. Sunday and Monday at the Bucyrus Little Theatre.

Written by Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope, and Jamie Wooten, the play calls for five women ages 40 and older. Performance dates are Nov. 15, 16, 17, 22, 23 and 24 in the theater at 130 Songer Ave., Bucyrus.

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ace’s ex-lover spared jail for bad drug test

RENO, Nev. (AP) – An ex-lover of Liberace who was the subject of an HBO film on the life of the pianist got a lecture Wednesday from a judge who said he was not impressed with his “so-called celebrity status” but again agreed to spare him from prison time after testing positive for methamphetamine in violation of his probation.

Scott Thorson, 54, acknowledged in Washoe District Court that he’s a drug addict and insisted he’s determined to get sober and avoid serving up to 20 years in prison for burglary and ID theft convictions.

He said his goal is to write another book on the heels of his “Behind the Candelabra,” which was used as the basis for the HBO film of the same name that’s nominated for 15 Emmy Awards.

“I’m just asking for another chance,” a tearful Thorson told the judge. “Getting sober is the most important thing to me. I’m up for 15 Emmys and that is important too. I’m becoming productive and feel good about myself.’

“I can’t help who I am. I’m in show business. I attract these cameras,” he said in reference to TV coverage in the courtroom. “I want to be sober.”

In July, Judge Patrick Flanagan sentenced Thorson to eight to 20 years and suspended the sentence on the condition he complete a drug court program.

Thorson was in compliance with the program for a month, passing all drug tests while staying with a support group in housing provided at a legal brothel in a neighboring county, his lawyer David Houston said. But as a result of a determination by probation officials that he must reside within Washoe County, Houston said Thorson was forced to move into a cheap downtown hotel in Reno where he relapsed.

“He was living in what I would refer to as a drug-infested area,” Houston said. “If you put enough stress on an individual and make things seem helpless you do get a certain result – in this case a relapse.”

The 15 Emmy nominations for the movie include lead actor bids for Michael Douglas, who played Liberace, and Matt Damon, who played Thorson.

Deputy District Attorney John Helzer said Thorson, whose real name is Jess Marlow, has been trying to capitalize on his fame since he told arresting officers he couldn’t afford the bad publicity of going to jail on charges of stealing a credit card from a motel next door to a Reno strip club last year.

“His perception of being a celebrity is his biggest wall. He’s not a celebrity. He’s a story. It’s one of accusation and manipulation and failure,” Helzer said. “He should go to prison.”

Flanagan rejected the prosecution’s motion to revoke probation and order Thorson to jail but said it would be his last chance.

“I’m not impressed – I don’t think anybody is – with this so-called celebrity status,” the judge said. “You’re just like any other addict who has committed a crime against a victim.”.