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As Halloween nears, clowns on edge

As Halloween nears, clowns on edge

It's normally Jordan Jones' job to frighten people this time of year. The professional clown, a fixture at Screamland Farms in Frederick, has been polishing his craft for a decade.

Now it's his turn to be the target of scares.

Jones, who works each Halloween as Snuggles the Clown, was posing for a picture by the side of the road in rural Pennsylvania recently when several people in a passing car shouted out threats to kill him.

He aborted the shoot — and still hasn't gotten over the fright.

"The whole 'creepy clown' thing has gotten out of control," Jones says "I can't believe what's happening to...