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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Arrest in juice tampering case

A Stamford man has been arrested and may also face federal charges in connection with an incident in which Communion juice was tampered with, sickening some 40 people. From the Norwalk Advocate:

Wendell Woodroffe, 28, of Stamford was charged with 22 counts of second-degree assault of a victim 60 or older and 22 counts of second-degree assault, said Darien Lt. Ron Bussell. Woodroffe was being held on $50,000 bond and was expected to be arraigned Tuesday in Stamford Superior Court....

More than 40 people became ill during a communion service at Calvary Baptist Church [in Darien] on Feb. 5 and five were sent to the hospital with nausea and vomiting. Nobody was seriously injured.

People who drank the juice reported a burning sensation in their throats. Pastor Anthony Gibson has said it tasted like detergent.

This is actually one of a series of church and cemetery attacks or vandalism events within Connecticut in 2006.

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