Authorities say ex-TV pitchman won't allow search for guns; judge orders him back to court

Associated Press

A judge is summoning back to court a former Utah TV pitchman accused of kicking an owl in flight while riding his motorized paraglider.

Authorities say in court documents filed Tuesday that 45-year-old Dell "Super Dell" Schanze (SHAHN'-zee) won't allow an inspection of his house to ensure he has no guns, a condition of his release.

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Federal Judge Brooke Wells ordered Schanze to court Dec. 30. Defense attorney Kent Hart didn't immediately return messages seeking comment.

Schanze was handcuffed this month for interrupting a court hearing in a separate case and saying it was unconstitutional to bar the defendant from having guns.

Schanze later agreed to give up weapons in his own case.

He has pleaded not guilty to charges involving harassing wildlife and pursuing a migratory bird.

Schanze is known in Utah for his shrill TV commercials for a now-closed computer business.