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Prank on Arizona jury foreman may lead to charges

FLORENCE, Ariz. -- The Pinal County Sheriff's Office is investigating a prank that prompted officials to interrupt grand jury proceedings.

Sheriff Paul Babeu says a Casa Grande man who was serving as the jury foreman found a threatening handwritten note on his truck last week when he took a lunch break. It suggested that whoever left the note had followed him home.

Detectives were able to trace the note to a restaurant in Florence, where they learned that two men had asked a waitress to write it so they could play a prank on their co-worker and friend, the jury foreman.

Detectives tracked down one co-worker who acknowledged it was meant as a joke.

Babeu says the case will be submitted to the county attorney's office to be reviewed for possible criminal charges, including influencing a juror and disorderly conduct.

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