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Bottled water vending machine suspected of causing illnesses at La Mesa Junior High [UPDATED]

April 23, 2009 |  5:30 pm

Ktla_newsHere are some of the stories that KTLA News is planning for its 10 p.m. newscast on Channel 5:

ILLNESS AT SCHOOL: Twelve students became ill -- six of them requiring ambulance transports to local hospitals -- after drinking bottled water from a vending machine at La Mesa Junior High. One student became ill this morning, and officials at the school thought they'd isolated the problem until numerous other students became ill shortly before 1 p.m. L.A. County Fire's hazmat team and teams from the FBI responded to search for the source of the problem.

[Updated at 9:33 p.m.:  The Pepsi Bottling Group released a statement on the La Mesa incident this evening. "There is absolutely no evidence that today's incident was caused by anything in our manufacturing process," said Jeff Dahncke, director of public relations. "We have examined and tasted numerous bottles that were produced at the same time as those in this case and have found them to be free of any problems whatsoever. The only products in question have been those that were previously opened, and we are working closely with local authorities to determine exactly what happened.  We are also running our own independent tests and we have no reason to believe this is anything but an isolated incident."]

BODY SHOP REOPENS: Girls girls girls! Nude dancing will return to the Sunset Strip tonight when the Body Shop reopens, nearly five months after an electrical fire ripped through the West Hollywood strip club. The club was made famous in a Motley Crue song and is rumored to be where Demi Moore trained for her role in “Striptease.”

BARFLY BANK BANDIT? An elderly man suspected of being bank robber did what most any bandit might do after holding up a Newport Beach bank: He walked into a neighborhood bar and ordered a drink. Police say that Richard Feeney, 72, of Costa Mesa walked into a Wachovia branch at 3201 Newport Blvd. just before 11 a.m. yesterday and demanded cash from a teller, who turned over an undisclosed amount of money. The robber was seen running away on foot. A short time later, Feeney was found at McFadden Avenue and West Oceanfront, sitting inside The District bar after buying a drink. Feeney was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery and booked in lieu of $50,000 bail. His only previous criminal record in Orange County was a jaywalking ticket.

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