Thursday, November 1, 2012

Halloween Candy (2012)

The London Free Press [ON]
31 October 2012

By Randy Richmond, The London Free Press

London police are warning parents to be check their children's candy after a double-sided razor blade was found in a trick-or-treat bag on Hallowe'en.

The blade was wrapped in waxed paper, police said. [...]

WKYT-TV [Lexington, KY]
31 October 2012

WINCHESTER, Ky. (WKYT) - [...] Police tell us one 8-year-old girl found something unexpected in her trick-or-treat bag on the road she lives on in Winchester and that surprise sent her to the hospital.

A medical needle in her trick or treat bag is what Winchester police tell us one trick-or-treater found instead of candy. [...]

The Daily Mail [UK]
1 November 2012

By Martin Robinson

A pair of primary school children were given cocaine instead of sweets when they went trick or treating.

Plastic bags containing the white powder were handed to youngsters taking part in traditional Halloween fun in Royton, Greater Manchester, at around 7.50pm yesterday. [...]

Donald Junior Green, 23, has been charged with possession of Class A drugs and is due before Oldham Magistrates' Court tomorrow morning. [...]

Rockford Register Star [IL]
1 November 2012

By Jeff Kolkey

LOVES PARK -- A child was not injured when a needle was found inside the package of his Starburst Halloween candy from trick-or-treating Wednesday night. [...]

WMUR-TV [Manchester, NH]
1 November 2012

Police reminding parents to check all Halloween candy

BEDFORD, N.H. -- A trick-or-treater found a piece of Halloween candy containing a pill in Bedford Wednesday night, according to police.

The child had been trick-or-treating on Technology Drive in Bedford Wednesday night.

Police said the candy in question had been packaged to look like Hershey’s Kiss but instead contained an unidentified pill. [...]

WOIO-TV [Cleveland, OH]
1 November 2012

ASHTABULA COUNTY, OH (WOIO) - Police are warning parents to check their kids Halloween candy after a report of someone handing out a tainted treat.

Andover Police tell 19 Action News a 13-year-old found a pill stuffed in a pack of Smarties, about 30 minutes after the village's Trick-or-Treat ended. The teen's parents immediately called police.

The pill is described as a round, white Excedrin Migraine pill with "L430" stamped on one side. [...]

The Republic [Columbus, IN]
1 November 2012

COLUMBUS, Ind. -- A 5-year-old boy found a heavy metal staple in a piece of Halloween candy Wednesday night, in what police believe was an incident of intentional tampering. [...]

Upon closer examination, the piece of metal appears to be a heavy staple, about an inch long, that was straightened and pushed into the candy.  The candy wrapper also had a hole in it. [...]

The Commercial-News [Danville, IL]
1 November 2012


HOOPESTON -- Police are investigating where a trick-or-treater received a candy bar found to have part of piece of metal inside.

A 28-year-old Rossville man reported the tampered candy to Hoopeston police Wednesday night after trick-or-treating with his daughter in the Hoopeston and Rossville area, according to a release by Hoopeston Police Chief Mark Drollinger.

According to Drollinger, the man discovered the candy bar -- which appeared to have been opened and then resealed with tape. Inside the wrapper, the man told police he found a metal shard. The piece of metal was not inserted into the candy bar. [...]

Chilliwack Times [BC]
1 November 2012

Possible isolated incident of tampered candy

By Paul J. Henderson, The Times

[...] At approximately 8 p.m. on Halloween, Chilliwack RCMP responded to a complaint of a piece of candy with a wrapper that looked to have been tampered with in some way.

Police have seized the candy and sent it to a lab for testing.

"Right now, we are dealing with a possible isolated incident, said Cst. Tracy Wolbeck in a press release issued Thursday afternoon. "That's important to stress, because we know there have been a number of posts on Facebook regarding claims of candy tampering in the Chilliwack area. We urge people using social media not to spread unsubstantiated allegations, particularly those of a criminal nature, but instead to use social media to share more practical and common-sense advice." [...]

Indianapolis Star [IN]
1 November 2012

Written by
Jill Disis

The Mooresville School District has put Morgan County parents on alert after a family found a needle in a piece of Halloween candy.

The Morgan County Sheriff's Department alerted the school district, saying parents found the needle inside a Kit Kat bar. [...],0,1172711.story

The Winchester Sun [KY]
1 November 2012

By Casey Castle

An 8-year-old girl spent part of her Halloween holiday at the hospital after getting stuck by a needle in her trick-or-treat bag Wednesday night.

Melanie Gross, the child’s mother, said the girl had visited 10 or 11 houses and was swinging her bag when it hit her leg. The girl complained about being hurt.

“I looked in the bag and there was an exposed needle,” Gross said. [...]

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
2 November 2012

Believe teen may have ingested cocaine on his own

Staff writer

Claims that a Lusby teenager ate a piece of candy laced with drugs he received during trick-or-treating Wednesday night quickly spread throughout the community and incited fear in county residents, but proved to be false after a Calvert County Sheriff’s Office investigation. [...]

WJHG-TV [Panama City Beach, FL]
2 November 2012

[...] A parent called Bay County sheriff's deputies, reporting they'd found a prescription pill stuck inside of a candy bar. The pill, which is a medication of high blood pressure called Prazosin Hydrochloride, was stuck inside of a 3 Musketeers candy bar. [...]

WMBF-TV [Charleston, SC]
2 November 2012

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - It's an urban legend come to life, a razor in a Halloween candy bucket.

Ricki Worrell of Myrtle Beach said she took her 10-year-old daughter trick-or-treating down maybe two or three of the streets in her neighborhood, Myrtle Beach Golf and Yacht Club, before calling it a night.

When they returned home, Worrell says they dumped all the candy collected out on the table to see what her daughter had received, and with several larger items in the bucket, she didn't immediately notice the BIC razor.

"I could not believe my eyes," Worrell comments.

The razor that her daughter came home with appeared to still be in it's original package [....]

The Republic [Columbus, IN]
3 November 2012

By Jennifer Willhite

A Columbus mother has changed her story about a 5-year-old son biting into a one-inch metal staple in his Halloween candy. Now police are trying to determine whether the initial report was a hoax.

The mother had accompanied her son trick-or-treating on Halloween in Columbus and told police that night her child later bit into a Tootsie Roll and felt a metal staple in his mouth. But during interviews over the course of Thursday, Police spokesman Lt. Matt Myers said discrepancies surfaced in the story.

Police talked to the boy and the mother separately Thursday, when the son indicated that he’d never eaten a piece of tainted candy. Afterward, Myers said the mother acknowledged this.

The mother’s latest account is that a female friend of hers found the candy wrapper Halloween night on the floor. When that individual picked up the wrapper, there was a staple in it.

610 CKTB [St. Catharines, ON]
2 November 2012

It was no treat for a St. Catharines mother who discovered over the counter medication in her son's Halloween candy bag.

Sarah Stevens tells 610 CKTB news, when she went through the candy her six year old son brought home Wednesday night after trick or treating in the city's south end, she discovered three packages of pain medication, including Advil liquid gels and Robaxecet, a pain reliever for back pain. [...]

City of Mentor [OH]
5 November 2012

On Sunday, November 4, 2012, the Mentor Police Department received a report regarding contaminated candy. A citizen took her child Trick or Treating on Sunday evening. She checked the candy once at home and found a box of Wonka Grape Nerds candy with the top bent back but still glued shut. She opened the box and found it half filled with staples and not candy. [...]

The Grand Rapids Press [MI]
3 November 2012

By Angie Jackson

IONIA COUNTY, MI -- A Palo mother discovered that her 4-year-old received more than candy when trick-or-treating on Oct. 31.

The Ionia Sentinel-Standard reports the woman found a "small, cellophane baggie with a green leafy substance inside" in her child's trick-or-treat bag. She told police she was unsure where the baggie and its contents originated.

A test by the Ionia Department of Public Safety confirmed the substance was marijuana. [...]

WCSI Radio [Columbus, IN]
8 November 2012

A case involving the alleged tampering of Halloween candy will be sent to the Bartholomew County Prosecutor's Office early next week.

Columbus police were sent to a home on Halloween night regarding a 5-year-old boy allegedly finding a piece of metal inside a piece of candy he received while trick-or-treating. Police spokesperson Lt. Matt Myers says the boy's mother told police that her son was eating an orange Tootsie Roll when he discovered the object. The boy was not injured. [...]

Southern Maryland Newspapers Online
9 November 2012


Tests that showed illegal drugs were found in a 16-year-old boy’s system after he ate a piece of Halloween candy allegedly laced with drugs proved to be false after confirmatory testing showed the original results were a false positive.

“It was a false positive in the test,” said Calvert County Sheriff Mike Evans (R). “[The teenager] did not have illegal drugs in his system. The information we gave out was premature. We should have waited until we got the results back.” [...]