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Ron White Investigated Over Cigar Incident

5/7/2009 12:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Ron WhiteThey used to call him Tater Salad, but in North Dakota comedian Ron White now goes by another name -- suspect.

It's all over something White did with his cigar during a show in Bismarck -- he lit it. Apparently the city has an ordinance against smoking in public places, and when some 55-year-old spoiler of fun tipped off the cops about White's routine, they decided to investigate.

According to the Bismark Tribune, a plain clothed officer rolled over to one of White's shows to document the alleged law-breaking. The report says White took all of three puffs during the show.

Now, the cops have turned the report over to the city attorney, who will decide whether they want to pursue the case.

White faces a $500 fine -- which he could probably just rustle up from underneath his couch cushions.

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Sapphyre    

Somebody had nothing better to do.

1972 days ago
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bookrissy    

gawd, some people are such effing whiners!!!!

1972 days ago
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artie help    

1st AGAIN BITCHES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1972 days ago
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Sapphyre    

No. #3, I was first. HaHa!!!

1972 days ago
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Nameless    

Like Ron White says in his stand up routine-- Go ahead and arrest him! He'll make a million dollars telling this story! LOL

1972 days ago
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Jezzy    

No smoking in public in North Dakota? What's left to do then? LOL!!

1972 days ago
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Atlanta Private Investigator    

It seems some people have too much time on their hands.

1972 days ago
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Kristin    

That's funny, TMZ, that y'all are calling someone else a spoiler of fun. Tattling on Ms. America doesn't sound like the same thing to you?

1972 days ago
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Resiak    

Isn't there a loophole where smoking is allowed if it is apart of your act? I remember a comedian used that excuse when he sparked up here in Ohio.

1972 days ago
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Jesi    

Did no one watch his show before booking him??? That's like fining Chris Rock for swearing during a show. It's what he does.

1972 days ago
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Rod Austin    

Thanks for the link, but I think you have the wrong url... Here is the correct one:
http://www.bismarcktribune.com/articles/2009/05/05/news/local/184369.txt

1972 days ago
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Chris From MT    

Small town cops...nothing better to do. LAME!

1972 days ago
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M-    

This is just a waste of taxpyer money...people need to get a life

1972 days ago
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joe the dic giver    

toofastforyou, you are a dumb c*nt, who gives a s*it if your first or not,

1972 days ago
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yeah....and?    

I have been to Bismark. Ahhhhh, they should be happy a comic of his calaber even decided to stop in this state, I think the whole state has a population of like 500,000! Talk about nothing better to do for the bored police dept.

Small town cops suck. They have nothing to do so they create busts for themselves. Or they bug the teens. They will stop you for a boger on your windsheild. Just gives them something to do.

1972 days ago
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