Belleville man denied bond in meat-tampering case

EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) - A 68-year-old southwestern Illinois man accused of inserting sewing needles into packaged meat has been ordered jailed without bond pending his trial.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Williams on Monday sided with federal prosecutors in denying Ronald Avers' request to be eligible for release on bond.

Avers of Belleville was charged last week with seven felony product-tampering counts.

Investigators allege Avers slipped sewing needles into various packaged meat items at a Shop 'n Save in Belleville from May of last year through last month.

One customer eventually bit into one of the needles, and a needle that was slipped into a steak stuck another customer. No serious injuries were reported.

The FBI says Avers told investigators he allegedly did it "just for the hell of it."

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