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Man charged with putting needles in candy

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- A 49-year-old man was accused Thursday of putting needles into Snickers candy bars and giving them to children on Halloween.

James Joseph Smith was charged with one count of adulterating a substance with intent to cause death, harm or illness.

His first court appearance was set for Friday, and prosecutors expected to seek $25,000 bail. He was being held Thursday in the Hennepin County jail.

Police said Smith was handing out the bars to trick-or-treaters on a street in south Minneapolis on Tuesday. A 14-year-old bit into a bar and was stuck by a needle but did not require medical attention.

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