Man charged for allegedly inserting needles into packaged meats - KFVS12 News & Weather Cape Girardeau, Carbondale, Poplar Bluff

Man charged for allegedly inserting needles into packaged meats

BELLEVILLE, IL (KFVS) -

A man from Belleville, Illinois has been charged for allegedly inserting needles into packaged meats.

Ronald G. Avers, 68, was charged by criminal complaint on July 30 with seven violations of the Product Packaging Protection Act of 2002, according to the United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois, Stephen R. Wigginton.

Avers appeared in federal court in East St. Louis on Thursday, July 31 for an initial appearance.

A detention hearing will be held on August 4.

The complaint alleges that the Federal Bureau of Investigation learned on July 9 from Shop 'n Save that needles had been found in packaged meat products offered for sale.

The store reported seven incidents, all of which were associated with its location on North Belt West Road in Belleville.

The complaint alleges that one customer found a needle in her mouth while eating; another reported being stuck in the hand. In other instances, customers said that they found the needles in purchased meat products but were not injured. On one occasion, an employee detected the presence of a needle in a meat product.

"Shop 'n Save conducted an internal investigation and provided information to the Federal Bureau of Investigation which directly led to the identification of Ronald G. Avers as a suspect," Wigginton said. "I want to assure the public that, while our investigation is ongoing, we do not, at this time, believe that the suspect acted at any other markets or stores, or that he was working with any other persons. I commend the time, money and effort that Shop 'n Save expended in assisting investigators in this case. As a corporate citizen, their assistance to law enforcement was invaluable."

Each violation of the Act carries a term of imprisonment of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $250,000 and a term of supervised release of up to three years.

The case is being investigated by the FBI and is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Suzanne M. Garrison.

Copyright 2014 KFVS. All rights reserved.

  • Heartland NewsMore>>

  • Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Fruitland fire crews respond to vehicle fire

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:33 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:33:44 GMT
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)
    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. (Source: Fruitland Area Fire Protection District, Facebook)

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

    Around 4 p.m. the Fruitland fire crews were dispatched to Asarum Lane for a vehicle fire. 

  • Electrical fire at Fredericktown PD

    Electrical fire at Fredericktown PD

    Friday, July 20 2018 9:21 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:21:14 GMT
    Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. (Source: Fredericktown Fire Department, Facebook)Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. (Source: Fredericktown Fire Department, Facebook)
    Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. (Source: Fredericktown Fire Department, Facebook)Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. (Source: Fredericktown Fire Department, Facebook)

    Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. 

    Fire crews responded to an electrical fire at the police department on Friday, July 20. 

  • PAWS adoption shelter collects funds for new shelter

    Friday, July 20 2018 8:49 PM EDT2018-07-21 00:49:35 GMT
    The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue. (Source: Pixabay.com)The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue. (Source: Pixabay.com)
    The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue. (Source: Pixabay.com)The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue. (Source: Pixabay.com)

    The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue.

    The shelter has collected  $150,000 from people to start construction on a new facility that will increase its space for their animals they rescue.

  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

    Branson mourns for 17 killed in sinking of packed duck boat

    Friday, July 20 2018 7:26 AM EDT2018-07-20 11:26:30 GMT
    Friday, July 20 2018 9:34 PM EDT2018-07-21 01:34:41 GMT
    (Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...(Nathan Papes/The Springfield News-Leader via AP). Emergency responders work at Table Rock Lake after a deadly boat accident in Branson, Mo., Thursday, July 19, 2018. A sheriff in Missouri said a tourist boat has apparently capsized on the lake, leavin...
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.
    Dive teams will resume searching for five people still missing after a tourist boat capsized and sank in a southwestern Missouri lake.
  • SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    SC dentist has ladies flocking for teeth cleanings after 'In My Fillings' challenge

    Friday, July 20 2018 1:53 PM EDT2018-07-20 17:53:18 GMT
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)
    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately. (Source: Constantine Dental/Facebook)

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

    A South Carolina dentist has officially won the Drake-inspired  "In My Feelings" challenge and the ladies of the internet are letting it be known that they must go to the dentist immediately.  

  • Security camera catches Savannah waitress fending off apparent groper

    Security camera catches Savannah waitress fending off apparent groper

    Friday, July 20 2018 10:07 AM EDT2018-07-20 14:07:49 GMT

    The footage, captured at VinnieVanGoGo's in City Market, shows the woman throwing Ryan Cherwinski to the ground after he appeared to touch her buttocks. 

    The footage, captured at VinnieVanGoGo's in City Market, shows the woman throwing Ryan Cherwinski to the ground after he appeared to touch her buttocks. 

Powered by Frankly