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ESL Police Investigate Possible Food Poisoning Deaths


East St. Louis, Ill. – Police are investigating whether food poisoning killed a man and woman in East St. Louis.

Annie Binion and James Wilson were found dead Thursday by a third person who had also eaten what they had an passed out.

Binion worked at a diner called Annie's Grill Number Two, which has also been closed as a precaution.

Police Chief Ronald Matthews says Binion, Wilson and a third man ate food Wednesday at Binion's home and felt ill after a few minutes. The man passed out, but called police early Thursday morning when he woke up. His name was not released.

St. Clair County Coroner Rick Stone says autopsies were conducted and foul play is not suspected. He says toxicology reports will take two or three weeks.

Investigators say they've closed the restaurant as a precaution where Binion worked and that the owner is cooperating fully.

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