Forum News Service, Published December 13 2013
Suspect arrested in mailing of powder-filled envelopes to courthousePINE CITY, Minn. - The Pine County Sheriff’s Office arrested a 45-year-old man Thursday in the investigation of six white envelopes filled with powder sent to the county courthouse in Pine City in November.
The incident caused an evacuation of the courthouse and prompted a study of the powder that turned out to be harmless.
The sheriff’s office linked the Nov. 19 evacuation with an FBI investigation into several area incidents “involving the planting of homemade devices constructed to look like explosives or binary explosive devices placed at various locations to cause fear.”
The suspect, from rural Pine County, faces terrorism and terroristic threats charges. The sheriff’s office said it expected formal charges to come Friday. He was being held in the county jail.
The East Central Violent Offenders Task Force and the FBI had already targeted the suspect, who they believe acted alone.
The envelopes of powder were mailed to the sheriff, two deputies, two judges and the county attorney.
The evacuation took place during the Richard Jouppi trial that eventually found the Duluth police officer not guilty of assault after an on-duty incident with an intoxicated man at the Duluth Detoxification Center last year.