N. Carolina pizza cook accused of ad­ding poi­son in cheese

Manteca Bulletin - - Dollars & Sense -

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — A North Carolina pizza restau­rant worker has been jailed on charges of putting rat poi­son into the cheese.

News out­lets re­port that a man­ager spot­ted the con­tam­i­nated top­ping be­fore it was served to cus­tomers at Primo Pizza in Fayetteville.

Po­lice an­nounced Wed­nes­day that 59-year-old Ricky Lee Adami of Fayetteville has been charged with dis­tribut­ing food con­tain­ing nox­ious ma­te­rial.

WNCN-TV in Raleigh re­ported that man­ager Gurol Bicer said Adami may have re­acted af­ter get­ting into trou­ble with him -- he didn’t say how.

Po­lice say Bicer spot­ted the sus­pi­cious ma­te­rial mixed in the shred­ded cheese on June 1. Adami was ar­rested af­ter they checked sur­veil­lance video.

▶DOG AC­CI­DEN­TALLY TURNS ON STOVE, STARTS FIRE:

AL­PHA, N.J. (AP) — New Jer­sey au­thor­i­ties say a dog started a fire when it ac­ci­den­tally turned on an elec­tric stove.

The Ger­man shep­herd and an­other dog were alone in the Al­pha, New Jer­sey, home when the fire broke out late Wed­nes­day morn­ing.

Of­fi­cials be­lieve the Ger­man shep­herd was look­ing for food and got up on its hind legs. The dog ap­par­ently hit a knob — turn­ing on the stove’s rear burner — and pushed nearby flammable items onto the stove.

A ceil­ing fan that was run­ning on low then lifted some of the burn­ing items onto a nearby foam dog bed, which ig­nited and filled the home’s bot­tom floor with smoke.

A fire­fighter was able to ex­tin­guish the fire and po­lice got a rear door open, al­low­ing the dogs to safely es­cape.

▶DRI▶ER IN FATAL CRASH WAS WATCH­ING FOOT­BALL GAME:

CARLISLE, Pa. (AP) — State po­lice say a truck driver was watch­ing a foot­ball game in­stead of the road when he struck and killed a mo­tor­cy­clist on a Penn­syl­va­nia high­way.

Po­lice charged the 34-year-old driver Mon­day with felony homi­cide by ve­hi­cle and other of­fenses in connection with the death of 56-year-old John Baum.

Court records show the driver was watch­ing a game be­tween the Pitts­burgh Steel­ers and the Kan­sas City Chiefs in Oc­to­ber when his truck hit the back of Baum’s motorcycle on In­ter­state 81 near Carlisle.

Baum died at the scene, and Pennlive.com re­ports his sis­ter, who was rid­ing pas­sen­ger, is still re­cov­er­ing from her in­juries.

Records show the truck driver told po­lice he was dis­tracted at the time of the crash, but he blamed it on con­struc­tion in­stead of the NFL game.

▶SUV NAV­I­GATES RUSH HOUR IN RE­VERSE:

CANAL WINCH­ESTER, Ohio (AP) — Of­fi­cials are spec­u­lat­ing a mo­torist who nav­i­gated a high­way while driv­ing in re­verse dur­ing morn­ing rush hour may have had trans­mis­sion prob­lems.

The Ohio Trans­porta­tion De­part­ment on Tues­day re­leased a video show­ing an SUV go­ing through traf­fic for lit­tle more than a mile back­ward up a ramp to U.S. 33 in Canal Winch­ester. The ve­hi­cle turned onto an­other road, crossed an over­pass, went through a traf­fic light and turned into a park­ing lot.

The SUV did not hit any ve­hi­cles.

▶TEXAS JUDGE IS­SUES AR­REST WAR­RANT FOR ‘AFFLUENZA’ TEEN’S MOM:

FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — A Texas judge has is­sued a war­rant for the ar­rest of the mother of a teenager who used an “affluenza” de­fense in a fatal drunken-driv­ing wreck.

Judge Wayne Sal­vant is­sued the war­rant Wed­nes­day for the ar­rest of Tonya Couch af­ter she al­legedly tested pos­i­tive for am­phet­a­mine or metham­phetamine, vi­o­lat­ing the terms of her re­lease on bond.

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