Merck employee [allegedly] steals cyanide

Richard O’Rourke, an analytical chemist for Merck, was spotted by a co-worker pilfering poison. Merck would probably like us to add “former” analytical chemist. Merck alerted authorities and, somehow, O’Rourke learned of the investigation. So, what does he do? He doubles down on his new life as an up-and-coming criminal by dumping the cyanide into a storm drain. You know, the place that ultimately leads to our water supply. This follow-on stunt earned him a charge of “causing or risking catastrophe,” which carries a possible sentence of up to 20 years. What would a nice fella like O’Rourke want with cyanide anyway? He claims he wanted to use it to kill rodents. Splinter would not be pleased.