Denbo couple jailed after barbecue sauce dispute

December 25, 2013
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From left, Traci Lee Giffin and William Edward Balas
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Tracy Lee Giffin
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William Edward Balas

A couple spent Christmas in Washington County jail after fighting over barbecue sauce. William Edward Balas, 56, and his girlfriend, Tracy Lee Giffin, 42, both of Denbo, have been charged with simple assault and harassment.

Belle Vernon state police responded to a call of a domestic dispute at 20 Ridge Road in Denbo around 11 p.m. Tuesday. Police said Giffin bit Balas on the nose and hand, and then he struck her in the eye. Both had injuries.

The fight started because Giffin neglected to pick up barbecue sauce from the grocery store, according to the police report.

The couple was video arraigned by District Judge David Mark and taken to jail on $5,000 bond early Wednesday morning.

Emily Petsko joined the Observer-Reporter as a staff writer in June 2013. She graduated from Point Park University with a dual bachelor's degree in journalism and global cultural studies.

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