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Arsenic antidote aided churchgoers

Published May 3, 2003|Updated Sep. 1, 2005

The church poisonings that killed an elderly man this week could have been far worse without an arsenic antidote stockpiled after the Sept. 11 attacks, health officials said Friday.

Fifteen other people were sickened by drinking arsenic-laced coffee after Sunday's service at Gustaf Adolph Lutheran Church. Two remained in critical condition at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Also Friday, a man affiliated with the church was found shot at his home in Woodland, the next town over, police said. Daniel Bondeson, 53, died at 6:30 p.m. after being taken into surgery at Cary Medical Center in Caribou, the hospital reported. It was not known how the shooting occurred.

Investigators were obtaining a warrant and planned to begin a search of his farmhouse today. Police said they were looking into possible links between the shooting and the poisonings.

Jefferson-Hemings saga sinks to Internet spying

ROANOKE, Va. _ The wife of a Thomas Jefferson family association official said Friday that she masqueraded as a 67-year-old black woman on an Internet chat room in a bid to keep descendants of a reputed Jefferson mistress out of this weekend's family reunion.

"It might have been somewhat unethical," said Paulie Abeles of Washington, D.C., who participated for eight months in the Yahoo message board created for relatives of Jefferson slave Sally Hemings.

The Hemings clan was formally excluded from membership last year, but some members of the association continue to invite slave descendants to accompany them to the annual cocktail party and cemetery visit.

Teen charged with murder of parents, older brother

MACOMB TOWNSHIP, Mich. _ A teenager was charged with murder Friday for allegedly shooting his parents and an older brother with a rifle at their sprawling home in the Detroit suburbs.

Andrew Ross, 18, was charged in a warrant with three counts of open murder and three counts of using a firearm during a felony in the deaths of Ronald Ross, 52, Paula Ross, 52, and Michael Ross, 26, Macomb County Sheriff Mark Hackel said. The family was found by authorities Thursday evening.

Elsewhere . . .

MISSING BOY: DNA tests show a boy abandoned at a suburban Chicago hospital is not the same boy who vanished in North Carolina 2{ years ago, the FBI said Friday.

Thomas Kneir, FBI special agent in charge, said the results were conclusive that the boy is not Tristen "Buddy" Myers. Authorities said the boy's DNA had been compared with Buddy's mother, Raven Myers.

PROSTITUTE DEATHS: A man pleaded innocent Friday to five counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of prostitutes whose bodies were found in a blighted downtown Phoenix neighborhood over a nine-month period.

Cory Morris, 24, allegedly told police he lured women to his motor home with drugs, then strangled five of them during sex.

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