Lawsuit: Bad meatloaf killed couple

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CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) – A lawsuit blames a restaurant’s bad meatloaf for the deaths of a former West Virginia state lawmaker and her husband.

Former Delegate Virginia Starcher’s family filed the lawsuit last month against New Albany, Ohio-based Bob Evans Farms in Jackson County Circuit Court.

It says Starcher and her husband, Harold, ate meatloaf meals from a Bob Evans restaurant in Ripley in October 2012.

It claims that nine hours later, the two went to a hospital for food poisoning. Harold Starcher suffered a stroke that day.

Virginia Starcher, who also had pre-existing health problems, died in December 2012.

Her husband died in May 2013 after a December open heart surgery.

Bob Evans spokeswoman Hinda Mitchell said Friday the lawsuit is without merit.

The Charleston Daily Mail first reported the lawsuit. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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