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October 25, 2001

A disgruntled postal worker in Michigan was jailed in lieu of $1 million bond after former co-workers told police that he had attacked them with three buckets of animal feces.

James Beal, of Empire, faces charges in Leelanau County of assault and malicious destruction of property. He has also been indicted on federal charges in Grand Rapids. In addition, the Michigan State Police and the U.S. Postal Service are investigating, according to the Traverse City (Mich.) Record-Eagle.

Beal, recently fired by the Postal Service, entered a mail sorting room at the Empire Post Office at around 10:30 a.m. on Oct. 11 and threw three buckets of feces at four workers and on the contents of the room, the newspaper reported, citing state police.

Police responded to the post office within minutes and provided security at the post office and surveillance of Beal's residence. Beal surrendered peacefully at around 12:30 p.m., after police made telephone contact with him.

No injuries were reported and decontamination was done by the United States Postal Hazardous Materials Team from Grand Rapids.

Source: Traverse City Record-Eagle

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