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Woman charged with terroristic threats for coughing on groceries

WILKES-BARRE (AP) — A woman accused of coughing on produce, meat and bakery items while claiming she was infected with COVID-19 was charged Thursday and jailed on $50,000 bail.

Police near Wilkes-Barre accused 35-year-old Margaret Ann Cirko of criminal mischief, making terroristic threats and other offenses.

The store owner told the Times-Leader newspaper that $35,000 in inventory was lost Wednesday afternoon.

Charging documents allege that Cirko said, “I have the virus. Now everyone is going to get sick.” At one point, the complaint said, Cirko vomited on produce.

No lawyer who could comment for Cirko was listed in court documents. Police said Cirko was taken to a hospital for a mental health evaluation.

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