N. Carolina pizza cook accused of adding poison in cheese
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.