Friday, January 13, 2006


Toxic handshake lands man in jail

`A man was jailed on assault charges after a prosecutor, police officer and courtroom bailiff became seriously ill after shaking hands with him.

During a December 21 court appearance on a traffic charge, John Ridgeway pulled out a vial of liquid, rubbed his hands with the contents and insisted on shaking hands with the three people, authorities said.

All of them got sick within an hour, suffering from nausea, headaches, numbness and tingling that lasted about a day. Two sought treatment at a hospital.’

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