Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Suspicious Package at Senator Risch's Office Yields Letter, Lollipops

Posted By on Tue, Nov 5, 2013 at 9:32 AM

Coeur d'Alene Police say they have taken a man into custody in connection with a suspicious package that was left in the North Idaho office of U.S. Senator Jim Risch.

This morning's Coeur d'Alene Press reports that law enforcement cordoned off a business park in downtown Coeur d'Alene for nearly three hours Nov. 4 while they assessed a large manilla envelope that had been left on a windowsill at Risch's office. A bomb squad was deployed from Spokane to handle the package, which had the address of Rep. Raul Labrador on the outside of the envelope.

But when the package was opened, police found a letter and some lollipops. Law enforcement said the letter was "rambling in nature and expressed frustration over receiving a parking ticket."

Police have not yet revealed the identity of the man who was arrested in connection with the incident because they said it was determined that "he needs mental health services." Police added that the male suspect was also involved in inappropriate contact with a City of Coeur d'Alene employee.

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