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The recent cases of E. coli sickness linked to scallions in Taco Bell products will not affect franchises at military installations in Europe, an Army and Air Force Exchange Service spokeswoman said Thursday.

“Once [officials] found out [the E. coli] was in the onions, we knew it didn’t affect us over here,” said Debbie Byerly, of the AAFES Europe public affairs office.

At least 46 confirmed cases of E. coli sickness linked to scallions in Taco Bell products have been found in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania, causing the company to remove them from its 5,800 restaurants, The Associated Press reported Thursday. The fast-food chain said preliminary testing has found three samples of green onions with the bacteria, the AP reported.

Because the vegetables used in European AAFES Taco Bell franchises are not procured in the States, Byerly said that no plans have been made to remove them.

Article 32 to investigate airman accused of attempted murderRAF MILDENHALL, England — A 100th Air Refueling Wing airman faces two counts of attempted murder and one count of stalking in an Article 32 investigation that begins Friday, Air Force officials said.

Airman 1st Class Chad A. Rhein allegedly broke into the victims’ home on nearby RAF Lakenheath while the occupants were sleeping. Rhein allegedly was armed with a knife and broke into the home with an intent to kill, according to documents provided by the 100th Judge Advocate General’s office.

The 100th Communications Squadron airman also faces charges in connection with vandalizing property, according to court documents.

An Article 32 investigation is conducted to determine whether enough evidence exists against the accused airman to proceed to a court-martial.

Airman gets jail sentence,reduced rank for five chargesAVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman assigned to the 31st Communications Squadron was reduced in rank and sentenced to five months’ confinement at a special court-martial that ended Wednesday. He will serve three months, due to a pretrial agreement.

Dario Ovalle was reduced from airman first class to airman and given the jail time as a result of a string of incidents in May and August. He pleaded guilty to five separate charges, according to documents released by the 31st Fighter Wing, including failure to report for duty.

The other charges were using threatening language to another airman and a noncommissioned officer, disobeying a direct order, being drunk and disorderly, and grabbing another airman by the neck.

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