Muffin-mix mailer gets community service

DOVER, N.H. - A Strafford woman who sent a note and powder to police along with her parking ticket fine was sentenced Wednesday to 100 hours of community service.

A jury last year convicted April Bedell, 36, of creating a false public alarm — a felony — over the note, which said she hoped police got the flu, and the powder that spilled onto a Rochester parking enforcement officer.

The powder turned out to be muffin mix, which Bedell said accidentally got into the envelope while paying bills in her kitchen. She said the note wasn't a threat, just a stupid thing to write after sneezing on the ticket and $15 check.

A Strafford County Superior Court judge also sentenced Bedell to two years of probation, a $1,000 fine and a tour of the local jail.