Naugatuck Man Arrested After Putting SpeedyDry in Boss' Food

The man said he was upset with his boss, who was giving him a hard time over his subpar job performance, police said.


A Naugatuck man was charged by Waterbury Police Wednesday with assault after he admitted putting Speedy Dry in his boss' oatmeal.

William Lampron, 43, of 7 Wood St., a former employee of the Waterbury Parks Department, said he placed the substance in his boss' oatmeal at that job because he was angry with the boss, a 50-year-old man who told police he was unhappy with Lampron's job performance, Waterbury Police stated in a news release.

The supervisor began experiencing severe stomach problems after eating the oatmeal, which he kept in a canister in his desk, police said.

"The supervisor checked the oatmeal and found what he believed to be SpeedyDry mixed in with the oats, and he suspected Lampron because he had been experiencing problems with Lampron over his standard of work," the news release states.

SpeedyDry is a granular substance used to soak up liquid spills such as water, oil and antifreeze. The amount of SpeedyDry ingested was not life threatening, but it can cause extreme intestinal distress when ingested and it does contain a known carcinogen, according to the news release. Police seized the laced oatmeal as part of the investigation.

Lampron was charged with second-degree assault and second-degree reckless endangerment. He turned himself into Waterbury Police Wednesday and was released on a $5,000 bond. He will appear at Waterbury Superior Court on Dec. 13.

Lampron had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation but resigned shortly before his arrest, police said.

citizen December 07, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Paul, you do a great job, my point was that people should not use the few that get arrested as a representation of the average person in this or any town.
Paul Singley December 07, 2012 at 04:33 PM
I gotcha. Thanks
barb December 08, 2012 at 04:02 AM
naugy do have great people, im tired of those jerks coming here and making our town look like crap,
H. Ferguson December 10, 2012 at 01:30 AM
SpeedyDry is about the same thing as Kitty Litter. Who could eat Kitty Litter in their oatmeal and not notice? It is a gritty breakfast indeed
Don Carten December 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
I agree. This is more of a prank than a crime. Heck, I've put far worse than glorified kitty litter in my bosses lunches (not you Ed) over the years. Oh, and by the way, for "Shoreline Transplant," I do drive a red pickup truck. Sorta proves your point, eh?


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