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5 men arraigned in Ohio Amish beard-cuttings
5 men arraigned, released on bond in forceful beard-cuttings of fellow Amish in Ohio
By The Associated Press

MILLERSBURG, Ohio (AP) ' Five men suspected of forcefully cutting the beards of fellow Amish have been arraigned in an Ohio courtroom and released on $50,000 bonds.

The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette ( ) reports Levi Miller, Johnny Mullet, Lester Mullet and two other men were in Holmes County Municipal Court on Wednesday on kidnapping and burglary charges. Prosecutor Steve Knowling tells the newspaper the leader of their group, Sam Mullet, posted bail.

Jail personnel say Mullet would have paid cash or at least 10 percent to a bonding agent.

The sheriff says men entered a home Oct. 3 and used scissors and clippers to cut the beards of the bishop of another community and his son.

Amish beards carry spiritual significance. Mullet says beard-cuttings are in response to criticism from other Amish leaders about his practices.

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