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Teens accused of poisoning man’s home-brew

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Ted Sullivan
October 16, 2008
— In a plot to poison an Elkhorn man, two teens caught on camera are suspected of spraying WD-40 in his home-brew.

“Anything like that goes down your throat, you will die,” Dale D. Hanson, 17, said on the surveillance video, according to court documents.


“Try it with flour,” Samantha M. Thomas, 16, responded, according to court documents.


Hanson of 641 N. Sandy Lane, No. 202, Elkhorn, and Thomas of Pewaukee are charged with felonies stemming from the alleged attempt to poison Michael W. Thomas, the girl’s father.


Samantha told police she was mad at her father, according to the criminal complaint, and the teens hoped she could live with her mother.


Hanson is charged with felony party to placing foreign objects in edibles and felony party to second-degree reckless endangerment.


He pleaded not guilty to the charges Wednesday in Walworth County Court after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing.


Samantha is charged with felony placing foreign objects in edibles and felony second-degree reckless endangerment.


According to the criminal complaint, Michael told Elkhorn police he thought his daughter tampered with his beer, possibly in an effort to kill him.


Michael makes his own beer, according to the criminal complaint, and he has kegs of his home-brew in his kitchen.


When Michael arrived home from work Aug. 28, he poured himself a glass of beer and took a sip, according to the criminal complaint.


The beer tasted terrible and smelled of chemicals, according to the criminal complaint.


Police reviewed surveillance video Michael kept inside his home, according to the criminal complaint.


The video showed Hanson and Samantha talking about poisoning her father, according to the criminal complaint.


Police interviewed Samantha, who admitted that she sprayed WD-40 in the hoses of the beer keg, according to the criminal complaint.


She told police she wanted to make her father sick, according to the criminal complaint.


Police also interviewed Hanson, who claimed the WD-40 was meant to kill the girl’s father, according to the criminal complaint.


Hanson remains free on $10,000 cash bond. He is scheduled to be in court Nov. 18.


Samantha remains free on $2,500 signature bond. She is scheduled to be in court Nov. 5.



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