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Poisoning claims, divorce spat in Arizona journalism saga

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Posted at 7:17 AM, Dec 13, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-13 09:17:24-05

PRESCOTT, Ariz. (AP) - The owner of a chain of small Arizona newspapers and his wife are locked in a bizarre divorce case that includes allegations of poisoning.

Prosecutors have cleared Felice Soldwedel of any wrongdoing in the alleged scheme.

But that hasn't stopped Joseph Soldwedel from pursuing his claims in civil court and chronicling them in his company's newspaper that serves Prescott, north of Phoenix.

Journalism experts say it's unethical to use the newspaper's resources to pursue a personal vendetta. He says he has an obligation to readers to make the accusations public and ensure law enforcement thoroughly investigates.

Felice Soldwedel calls her husband's claims ludicrous and believes he's retaliating against her because she filed for divorce last year.

Joseph Soldwedel has run Western News and Info Inc. for more than three decades.