By LISA M. REED
IRON MOUNTAIN - A Niagara, Wis. man has pleaded not guilty to placing harmful objects in food.
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Dalton Ursulean appears for arraignment with his attorney Dan Jaspen of Iron Mountain. Ursulean pleaded not guilty to placing harmful objects in food.
Dalton Delone Ursulean, 23, appeared in Dickinson County Circuit Court with his attorney Dan Jaspen for arraignment on Monday. A not guilty plea was entered to the charge, and a pre-trial conference was set for Feb. 21 at 1 p.m.
Ursulean is charged as a habitual offender, fourth offense notice.
According to the felony complaint, on Aug. 25, 2012, while employed at McDonald's, Ursulean was observed intentionally spitting into a snack wrap with knowledge it would be served to a uniformed officer. The defendant admitted to a co-worker that he had "spit one nasty loogie into the cop's wrap," according to the complaint.
The officer was subsequently identified as Tom Unger and he confirmed he had ordered a snack wrap from McDonald's at the time and date defendant was reported to have spit into his food.
Ursulean is being held in the Marinette County Jail on another charge.
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