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White Powder, Unknown Substance, Letter Bombs

White Powder, Letter Bombs

When it comes to mail room security, it’s a cat and mouse game.  There is no perfect one-size-fits-all solution.  Whether it’s suspicious powder, or letter bombs, the goal in mail room security is to be as diligent as possible.  Mail rooms are still the weakest link in physical security.  This week we’ve seen more examples …

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Package Forces Brief Evacuation of Ted Cruz’s Headquarters

HOUSTON — A spokeswoman for Republican Sen. Ted Cruz says a package addressed to Cruz’s Houston campaign headquarters caused a lockdown, which was later lifted. The Houston Fire Department says two people were taken to a hospital Tuesday after apparently being exposed to a “white powdery substance,” though it didn’t provide details about the two …

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Ricin detected in mail sent to Pentagon

Two pieces of mail delivered to the Pentagon mail facility on Monday have initially tested positive for ricin, according to a US defense official. The two suspicious envelopes were addressed to Secretary of Defense James Mattis and to Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson, the official told CNN. The mail facility is in a …

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Shakedown at Louisiana prison after inmates die from possible drug overdose

BATON ROUGE, La. — Two inmates at Angola died Wednesday night of apparent drug overdoses, raising concerns in the Department of Corrections about correctional officers smuggling drugs — in particular synthetic marijuana or “mojo” — inside prison walls, officials said. The two deaths appear to be the first fatal overdoses in the Louisiana State Penitentiary …

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Mysterious substance, threatening letter mailed to Ohio newspaper

A threatening letter containing an unknown substance was mailed to a newspaper office in Ohio on Thursday, a week after a gunman opened fire and killed five people at a newspaper in Maryland.   The Circleville Police Department said in said in a statement Friday that officers were called to the Circleville Herald the day …

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Winter Garden police station evacuated after suspicious letter

A portion of the Winter Garden Police Department’s headquarters was evacuated Thursday afternoon after a staffer opened a suspicious letter, according to authorities. An administrative assistant who received the letter — which did not have a return address — notified authorities after seeing what she believed was a “white puff” after opening the envelope, police …

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Love letter causes evacuation at Port Lincoln jail The Advertiser

A LOVE letter from one prisoner to another forced an evacuation at the Port Lincoln jail today. A staff member at the prison opened a letter containing a suspicious white powder and raised the alarm about 10.45am. Staff were evacuated from the administration building as MFS and police investigated the substance. However, it is believed …

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Sheriff’s office investigates ‘suspicious letter’ delivered to judge’s office

LANCASTER — The Fairfield County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a “suspicious letter” containing a white powder substance that was delivered to a judge’s office on Thursday, according to authorities. The Lancaster Fire Department responded to the Fairfield County Common Pleas Court just after 2:30 p.m. Thursday and removed items from Judge Richard Berens’ office in …

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Raleigh police investigate suspicious package at City Hall

RALEIGH, NC — Raleigh police are investigating after they received a report of a suspicious package at City Hall. Hazmat teams set up tents on the sidewalk outside the building. Police say as many as three people are being treated in the tents for possible exposure to an unknown substance that was in a package …

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Suspicious package in Missouri Capitol contained rat poison

JEFFERSON CITY • A suspicious substance delivered to a senator’s office in the Missouri Capitol in April was rat poison, according to a final report issued by police in the capital city. Although the April 19 incident was quickly declared non-threatening when it occurred, officials are planning to boost training on how to handle suspicious …

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