Posted: Jul 20, 2012 5:00 PM by MTN
ANACONDA - Two Deer Lodge county employees are being tested for hepatitis A after unknowingly drinking coffee laced with urine.
Anaconda-Deer Lodge Chief Executive Connie Ternes-Daniels called it a serious attack. "It's pretty disturbing that somebody would do something like this," she said.
Employees discovered the tainted coffee on June 7.
Four days later, they had another incident, when they noticed feces in the coffee pot. Ternes-Daniels found feces under her desk and in a cup hidden in a closet down the hall.
The cup was sent to the Montana State crime lab for finger print analysis. Authorities have not narrowed down a suspect, but say whoever entered Ternes-Daniel's office, where the coffee pot was kept, would have needed a key.
There were no signs of a break-in and only court house employees hold keys to that office. Since the incident, staffers say they're trying to better secure the office, Ternes-Daniels said.
She said people who enter the building after hours have to sign in and check out a key, so they're going through that list.
Whoever is responsible could face felony charges for criminal endangerment or assault.