Cops: Pa. man sent poisoned card to rival

    A suburban Philadelphia man is accused of sending a romantic rival a birthday card laced with the deadly poison ricin.

    Authorities in Bucks County say 19-year-old Nicholas Helman was arrested at his Hatboro home Wednesday on charges of attempted murder, aggravated assault, risking a catastrophe and other counts.

    Investigators say Helman told a co-worker that he sent the toxic card to his ex-girlfriend’s current boyfriend. The co-worker called police.

    Authorities say Helman had the ingredients for making ricin and that tests confirmed the presence of the deadly chemical on the card.

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    Court documents don’t list an attorney for Helman, who remains in custody pending a March 27 preliminary hearing. His father, Douglas, told The (Doylestown) Intelligencer that he knew nothing about the charges.

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