Authorities arrest suspect in anthrax hoax

SEBRING, Fla. (AP) - Authorities say they've arrested the man
responsible for sending dozens of envelopes with a suspicious white
power resembling anthrax to a central Florida hospital and town
hall.

The Highlands County Sheriff's Office reports that deputies,
working with state and federal officials, tracked down and arrested
20-year-old Jerron Mario Moffitt at his home Friday night. He faces
at least 75 counts of a hoax.

The scare began Thursday morning at the Florida Hospital
Heartland Division in Sebring, where a woman found one of the
envelopes on her car and opened it at home. Samples of the white
powder tested negative for anthrax.

Moffitt was being held without bail.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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