Olympic Skater Drugged; Arrest Warrant Issued

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An arrest warrant has been issued for a man wanted for questioning in the drugging of former Olympic ice dancer Oksana "Pasha" Grishuk.

The warrant was issued Wednesday for James R. Halstead on one felony count of giving a "narcotic, anesthetic and intoxicating agent" to an unwitting woman. Sheriff's spokesman Jim Amormino says the 61-year-old Santa Ana insurance salesman remains at large.

Grishuk was at an Orange County resort when she began to feel ill and discovered a dissolved pill in the bottom of her drink. Another pill was found in a drink she consumed.

The 36-year-old Grishuk won gold medals in ice dancing in 1994 and 1998.

A message for a James Halstead in Santa Ana was not immediately returned.



 
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