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      Attorney for NC fair ride owner puzzled by charges

      Joshua Gene Macaroni, of Quitman, Ga., made an appearance before a judge Friday on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon. He is free on a $225,000 secured bond.
      / Wake County Sheriff's Office

      The lawyer for the owner of a thrill ride that seriously injured three people at the North Carolina State Fair says he is confused as to why his client faces felony charges.

      Joshua Gene Macaroni, of Quitman, Ga., made an appearance before a judge Friday on two counts of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon. He is free on a $225,000 secured bond.

      Macaroni is the second man arrested after the Vortex ride spun into motion last month as people were trying to get out.

      Dan Boyce, Macaroni's lawyer, says he is puzzled as to why his client was charged. Macaroni wasn't there when the accident happened.

      Officials say Macaroni has been charged with two counts of felony assault with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury, and one count of felony assault on a juvenile with a deadly weapon inflicting serious injury.
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