Norwich Bulletin, Norwich Police Department Locked Down …

Norwich Bulletin

Norwich Bulletin (JOHN KREBS / November 20, 2013)

BY HILDA MU ‘OZ and KELLY GLISTA, hmunoz@courant.com1 The Hartford Courant

6:41 p.m. EST, November 20, 2013

NORWICH The Norwich2 Bulletin and the Norwich Police Department were placed under lockdown on Wednesday while officials tested a letter left at the newspaper’s office. Executive Editor Jim Konrad said the letter was dropped off before business hours and expressed what may have been a threat.

According to police, the letter stated that the writer has MRSA3, a staph skin infection, and planned to spread it. The letter was also covered in an unknown liquid substance, police said.

Konrad said the letter was brought to the police department. Police called in the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, which closed the police department and ordered Bulletin employees to remain inside the building, he said.

The employee who brought the letter to the police department, the officer that employee met with and a civilian employee of the department were quarantined in the lobby of the police headquarters while the fire department and other agencies, including DEEP, responded to assist in the investigation.

DEEP spokesman Dwayne Gardner said the agency was called in just before noon. He said the buildings were put in lockdown while DEEP ran tests to determine “what if anything is in the letter.” The police department and affected employees were decontaminated and the letter was sent for further testing, police said Wednesday afternoon.

There were no reported injuries.

The scene was cleared at 2 p.m., police said.

The investigation is ongoing, and anyone with information about this incident is urged to contact the police at 860-886-5561.


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