Tuesday, July 18, 2006

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Store clerk puts dishwashing liquid in juice?

A store clerk who was said to be unhappy over not being promoted was arrested Monday on charges he spiked bottled grape juice with dishwashing liquid and caused more than 40 people to fall ill at a church communion service.

The contaminated juice was bought at the CVS drugstore where Wendell Woodroffe worked, police said.

Woodroffe, 28, was charged with 22 counts of assault and 22 counts of assault on a victim 60 or older. He was jailed on $50,000 bail.

More than 40 people became ill during the Feb. 5 service at Calvary Baptist Church, a short distance from the drugstore in this wealthy community. Five people were treated at hospitals for nausea and vomiting. People who drank the juice reported a burning sensation in their throats.

Investigators said other tainted bottles were found on the store's shelves at the time of the incident. Woodroffe also was charged in a previously unreported incident in which a Darien woman got sick from tampered-with prune juice in December, police said. That case came to light after the church illnesses.


CVS/Pharmacy said Monday it fired Woodroffe, a clerk and cashier who had been an employee since 1998. The assault charges involving the elderly carry a minimum of two years in prison each. The other assault charges have a range of one to five years. Woodroffe could also face federal charges, Bussell said. Article here.

Avril Lavigne got married (and no one cares)

News reports have confirmed Avril Lavigne has married Deryck Whibley, guitarist and frontman for Sum 41, on Saturday, at a private estate near Santa Barbara. The wedding ceremony was mostly traditional. Lavigne wore a Vera Wang gown, carried white roses and was walked down the aisle by her father as Mendelssohn's "Wedding March" played.

Does anyone really care that she's married?

People are weird, why would you do this?

Kitten born with two face on one body?

A bizarre animal was discovered in Ohio last week -- a kitten was born with two faces.

The kitten was born Wednesday morning, Columbus television station WCMH reported. It has two mouths that meow in unison, two noses and four eyes that have not opened yet, the station said.
"I was playing outside in the rain. Once I came in, I saw a two-faced cat my mom was picking up. That's how I knew there was a two-faced cat," said Charles Roberts, the cat's owner.

Roberts said he hasn't decided on a name for the kitten yet, but said he wants to name it Tiger. There are two other kittens from the litter, but there was only one cat born with two faces.
Charles said that the fact that the kitten has two faces does not bother him. What did bother him is that the kitten did not nurse at first. He said later that the kitten began nursing.

Dr. Shane Bateman with The Ohio State University Veterinary Hospital said a two-faced kitten is extremely rare and there's no real explanation as to why it would have happened. Article here.

Fun with money...

Woman trapped in car wash?

An Ocala, Florida woman who got trapped in a car wash remained hospitalized Friday.

Police said the woman was working at Soapy's Car Wash on Thursday when she got tangled in a water hose. She was then pulled into a spinning brush that trapped her leg.

Another employee shut off the equipment and called for help. The woman, who has not been identified, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. An investigation is underway. Article here.

Nick Lachey commercial, semi-sorta funny

In other news... Nick Lachey.com. Trendy L.A. clothing shop Kitson sells t-shirts that say either "Team Nick" or "Team Jessica," and Nick outsells Jess 40-1, according to Star magazine.

A rare two-toned lobster

BAR HARBOR, Maine - A rare two-toned lobster is seen in Bar Harbor, Maine. The lobster caught by Alan Robinson in Dyer's Bay is a typical mottled green on one side; the other side is a shade of orange that looks cooked. Robinson, of Steuben, donated the lobster to the Mount Desert Oceanarium. Staff members say the odds or finding a half-and-half lobster are 1 in 50 million to 100 million.

KFC's new Famous Bowl, worst fast food ever?

As we consider the worst fast-food offering ever, let us begin with the artifact itself: KFC's new Famous Bowls product consists of a plastic tub of mashed potatoes or rice, topped with yellow corn, fried chicken nuggets, gravy and three varieties of grated cheese. All in one container, all to be consumed as a single homogenous mass, spork after spork of undifferentiated food matter.
And there it sits on my desk, a steaming, sweating pound of food goo that I purchased at a drive-in window (more anonymous that way) for $3.99. Let me tell you, it's one thing to muse upon the Famous Bowls in a detached, ne'er-shall-pass-my-lips sort of way. Quite another to address the product, spork in hand.

And now, in the interests of participatory journalism, I take a bite. Hmmm. Uh-huh. OK. It's like throwing up in reverse.

The Famous Bowls, according to KFC, are designed to lure more lunchtime customers with a meal that has all the goodness of KFC's popular dishes—like gravy—in one convenient, portable, easy-to-inhale serving. And thus the gustatory equivalent of composting. Click here to read the full article.

He's got a big mouth

Dude's car is stolen twice in two days? WTF?

Ryan Rozycki’s leased 2006 gray Honda Accord has been stolen twice since in two days. It has been pressure-washed inside in an attempt to wipe away any fingerprints, police said. Rozycki said he plans to leave the car at Emerine’s Towing until Monday at his insurance company’s request so an inspector can look at the vehicle.

Rozycki’s bizarre, out-of-sync saga began about 5 a.m. Thursday when he stopped at the Speedway convenience store on East Market Street and North Road for cigarettes and a drink.

When he walked out of the store after just a few minutes, he saw someone driving down the street in his Honda Accord. He called 911 and Warren police arrived to take a report and hand him a ticket for leaving the keys in the auto while the engine was on.

Rozycki later saw his car parked in the Perkins Family Restaurant on Elm Road N.E. as he was driving to the dealership to pick up paperwork for the insurance company. Again, he called 911 and Bazetta Police Chief Charles Sayers came out.

Sayers confirmed that it was Rozycki’s car and told the owner he could take possession of it, but Rozycki had to run home and pick up a spare set of keys to take the car home because there were no keys inside.

As the chief was keeping watch on the vehicle, he had to leave for another call, and the car was stolen for the second time.

Sayers said there are no leads on who stole the vehicle, but the person also took Rozycki’s bank card and used it for purchases at Wal-Mart, Sheetz and Home Depot. The police chief said he hopes to ‘‘track some of that information backwards and try to develop an identification.’’ Article here.