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Suspicious Package On ECU Campus
WNCT Eyewitness News, Greenville, NC ^ | 10/14/05 | Jennifer Coates

Posted on 10/14/2005 6:34:10 PM PDT by freema

Suspicious Package On ECU Campus Oct 14, 2005 Jennifer Coates WNCT-TV9

Police were called to campus around 11:30 this afternoon, near the art building. ECU Police tell Nine on Your Side a construction worker left a bookbag full of copper pipes near a construction site. The Cherry Point Bomb Squad was called in. They detonated the six pipes. Four buildings were evacuated during the scare.


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events; US: North Carolina
KEYWORDS: bombscare; ecu; normanbombing; oubombing; terroristattack
http://www.witntv.com/home/headlines/1785521.html

While nearby.... Funeral services were held Thursday (10/13/05) for 26-year-old Yahya Albraidi. He's the man shot and killed during the armed robbery of the Kash and Karry convenience store in Grifton, Monday night.

Family and friends gathered in Rocky Mount for an Islamic prayer service, and burial of their loved one. A spokesman for the family says the family mourns their loss, and calls the killing senseless.

Albraidi's wife and children currently live in Yemen, and were unable to attend the burial.

http://www.wnct.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=WNCT/MGArticle/NCT_BasicArticle&c=MGArticle&cid=1128767540254 Suspects in Custody Oct 14, 2005 Loni Blandford WNCT - TV9 Printer friendly format E-mail this story More Local News

Kinston Police have three suspects in custody, all charged in connection with the murder of a Grifton Kash and Karry clerk. 20 - year-old David Green, 22 - year - old James Hill and 20 - year -old Jeffrey Hill were arrested last night. One of the three used to work at the store. Pitt County detectives say all three face murder charges and armed robbery with a weapon, but more charges are likely. We'll have much more on this developing story.

1 posted on 10/14/2005 6:34:15 PM PDT by freema
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To: LibertyRocks; hoosiermama; hispanarepublicana; PhiKapMom; indcons

Thought you might be interested in this. I'm not making any calls on it, just putting it up...


2 posted on 10/14/2005 6:35:37 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema; TaxRelief; Constitution Day; Alia
Police were called to campus around 11:30 this afternoon

11:30 in the afternoon? Huh?

NC ping

3 posted on 10/14/2005 6:41:42 PM PDT by upchuck (A fireman running up the stairs at the WTC as the towers began to collapse: HERO defined ~ Ben Stein)
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To: freema

Nothing to see here...


5 posted on 10/14/2005 6:44:50 PM PDT by I'm ALL Right! (WWW.ENDOFTHESPEAR.COM - A True Story. In theaters Jan 20, 2006. Click my profile.)
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To: upchuck

Thank you for that ping.


6 posted on 10/14/2005 6:47:58 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema
Family and friends gathered in Rocky Mount for an Islamic prayer service

Rocky Mount???? There's muslims in Rocky Mount???? Never thought I see the day when that happened.

7 posted on 10/14/2005 7:01:10 PM PDT by Oorang ( A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. -Goethe)
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To: freema; All

Thank you very much for the ping freema. I'll look for more reports on this one. It's rather vague and as someone pointed out the writer made a little mistake on the time. (o: Will post here if I find some.


8 posted on 10/14/2005 7:04:32 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/13) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: All; freema; MizSterious; laz; Lizarde; El Gato; PhiKapMom; Rte66
Found a report with a little more in-depth information:

http://www.witntv.com/home/headlines/1791626.html
Suspicious Backpack At ECU

Buildings were evacuated and the bomb squad called in after a suspicious backpack was discovered at East Carolina University. The unattended backpack was found behind the Jenkins building on the Greenville campus, prompting that building, the Irving building and the old cafeteria building to be evacuated. A K-9 unit detected something in the bag which could be used to make explosives. So, the Cherry Point Marine Corps Bomb Squad detonated it with a water cannon. Turns out it contained sections of copper pipe. The owner of the backpack was being held for questioning.

I'm glad they have the apparent owner of the bag in custody. Seeing as the dog detected something in the bag makes it interesting. I'll readily admit I'm unfamiliar with what the dogs are trained to detect though.

Finding these sorts of things on campus seems rather unsettling in light of the OU Bombing. Perhaps this kind of thing happens more often than we're aware of?
9 posted on 10/14/2005 7:26:25 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/13) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: Oorang

http://www.fas.harvard.edu/~pluralsm/affiliates/ackland/ar-razzaq.html


10 posted on 10/14/2005 7:30:29 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: LibertyRocks

You're welcome. May very well be nothing to see here...but it's certainly strange, in light of OU and Georgia Tech, isn't it.

I've been trying to find info on the Greenville PD bomb squad, no luck, because I found it interesting that Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was utilized.

This was allegedly a construction worker who left a backpack with 6 pipes. Weird.


11 posted on 10/14/2005 7:34:36 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema

I'm glad you caught that about the Marine Corps bomb squad being used. I don't know much about Greenville so maybe they don't have a local PD bomb squad? I'll admit that what you've pointed out about the squad used makes it even more interesting - in my eyes, and with my limited knowledge.

I've set up a few google alerts, so I'll try to stay on top of this story, too... Absolutely nothing in the media about this other than these 2 TV stations - at least not yet. We'll see if any papers pick it up with the morning's editions. It's not being covered by the AP at this point though...


12 posted on 10/14/2005 7:42:35 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/13) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: freema

And some poor guy getting blown away in a convenience store robbery has something do with your post, how?


13 posted on 10/14/2005 8:00:35 PM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist

Sorry. The store at which the Yemeni man was killed is reported as being in Grifton, which it is. But it actually has an Ayden address.

A bomb exploded in a public place in the US by the Marine Corps/Department of the Navy a couple days after a dead Yemeni is reported in the town Ayden (Aden) somehow made me think of some poor guy getting dumped overboard a boat.

Like I said, perhaps nothing to see, perhaps it's all coincidental.


14 posted on 10/14/2005 8:17:53 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema

Sorry, again. Ayden, Grifton, and Greenville are all in Pitt County. (Rocky Mount is just a bit northwest.)


15 posted on 10/14/2005 8:35:01 PM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema

Gee, does a single day go by anymore without a suspicious package being found on a campus somewhere?


16 posted on 10/14/2005 8:53:14 PM PDT by laz (They can bus 'em to the polls, but they can't bus 'em out of the path of a Cat 5 hurricane.)
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To: freema; Constitution Day

ECU?

Elizabeth City University?


17 posted on 10/14/2005 10:10:55 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: LibertyRocks

East Carolina University

Oh Ok!


18 posted on 10/14/2005 10:12:10 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: Calpernia

When did things become so damn complicated?


19 posted on 10/14/2005 10:12:59 PM PDT by lndrvr1972
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To: lndrvr1972

It is easier to still up propaganda and controvercy that way.

Then you discredit it as never happening.


20 posted on 10/14/2005 10:13:55 PM PDT by Calpernia (Breederville.com)
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To: freema
in light of OU and Georgia Tech

And UCLA.

21 posted on 10/14/2005 10:16:20 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ('Deserves' got nothing to do with it.)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg; 18wheeler
You're right... AND UCLA...

According to Freeper 18wheeler his wife reports an incident that took place on 10/03/05. Two different explosions, smoke and fumes from at least one & police did hardly any follow-up!!! See 18wheeler's original post.
22 posted on 10/14/2005 10:38:19 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/13) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: LibertyRocks

That's the first I've heard of an early morning explosion on October 3. I was told the October 7 explosion shook the surrounding area for a couple of blocks.

Today two freeways in L.A. were shut down (near Norwalk) because of a suspicious backpack.

Too many of these incidents.


23 posted on 10/14/2005 10:54:26 PM PDT by Dr. Eckleburg ('Deserves' got nothing to do with it.)
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To: lndrvr1972
When did things become so damn complicated?

Puberty.

24 posted on 10/15/2005 12:03:27 AM PDT by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly.)
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To: All; Dr. Eckleburg; freema; laz; Cindy; nw_arizona_granny; PhiKapMom; MizSterious
Yeah, I saw stories about that too. Someone suggested the other day that these incidents might be "test runs" to see who, what, and how local officials respond to events like this. Below I've listed a few of the articles I ran across today alone. There were others, but one was a pair of boots (San Jose), and another was a transient's black briefcase (Bremertown/Seattle).

1.) (The LA incident) Suspicious Package Found at California Commuter Rail Station, Snarling Traffic on Nearby Freeways
(No info on what it turned out to be in this AP story at least...)

2.) GA: Carroll County Courthouse evacuated, suspicious package found
Courthouse was evacuated Friday morning and blocks of downtown Carrollton sealed off after authorities received a bomb threat and found three suspicious devices. (FBI says road flares with timers.)

3.)NE: Robot removes suspicious package in Bellevue bomb scare
"A person attending a garage sale before 11 a.m. spotted the package and called 911 immediately, Miller said. The package appeared to have fireworks in it and Omaha Police used a robot to remove it."

4.) PA: Suspicious Package Prompts Evacuation
Bomb Squad, Hazmat Respond
"Police, firefighters, hazmat crews and a bomb squad responded to the Dauphin County Administration Building Friday morning after an object was spotted on a park bench outside the building.
Two floors of the administration building were evacuated and authorities removed the item. Authorities said later that it was a bleach bottle with a rag stuffed in it."
25 posted on 10/15/2005 12:21:58 AM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/13) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: upchuck; Constitution Day; TaxRelief; 100%FEDUP; 2ndMostConservativeBrdMember; ~Vor~; A2J; ...

NC *Ping*

Please FRmail Constitution Day OR TaxRelief OR Alia if you want to be added to or removed from this North Carolina ping list.
26 posted on 10/15/2005 3:55:15 AM PDT by Alia
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To: upchuck
11:30 in the afternoon? Huh? Musta been a typo.. writer meant... 11:30 in the pre-noon.
27 posted on 10/15/2005 3:58:31 AM PDT by Alia
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To: LibertyRocks; Alabama MOM; Shadow5644

Thank you for the ping.

Interesting "found packages", why do you think someone would have a bag of fireworks at a garage sale?


29 posted on 10/15/2005 5:18:03 AM PDT by nw_arizona_granny (Lavender Essential Oil, should be in first aid kit,uses: headaches, sinus,insect bites,sore muscles)
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To: freema; LibertyRocks
...So, the Cherry Point Marine Corps Bomb Squad detonated it with a water cannon. Turns out it contained sections of copper pipe...

Water does not detonate... I wonder what was in the copper pipes, in the backpack, that were DETONATED at still another university campus?

Nothing here. Move along.

30 posted on 10/15/2005 5:26:35 AM PDT by pageonetoo (You'll spot their posts soon enough!)
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To: William Creel

I'm guessing it was somewhere between the art building and the cafeteria. (Seeing as how they evacuated the cafeteria...) Clearly on the 5th street side.


31 posted on 10/15/2005 5:38:36 AM PDT by Renderofveils ("A is for all the tea they taxed, M is for the minutemen they shellaxed...")
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To: LibertyRocks; Alia

http://www.reflector.com/local/content/news/stories/2005/10/15/20051015GDRbombscare.html

ECU police probe bomb scare

By Corey G. Johnson The Daily Reflector

Saturday, October 15, 2005

ECU police are investigating a construction worker who left a backpack filled with copper piping unattended, causing a bomb scare, officials said Friday.

Although no evidence of explosive materials were found, the incident caused East Carolina University officials to empty buildings and evacuate students, facility and staff.

The man, whose name was not released, works for D.F. Simmons, Maj. Frank Knight of the ECU Police Department said.

No charges have been filed against the man, who admitted to owning the backpack and denied wrongdoing, Knight said.

"We're currently investigating how the copper got into the backpack," Knight said.

Police were called at 10:55 a.m. when another construction employee discovered a red backpack in bushes near the Mamie E. Jenkins Building, also known as the alumni building.

In response, campus officials evacuated the building and nearby Irwin, Jenkins Fine Arts and Old Cafeteria buildings, ECU spokeswoman Nancy McGillicuddy said.

The Greenville Police Department, Pitt County Sheriff's Office, Greenville Fire-Rescue Department and Greenville utilities were called for assistance.

"This is definitely an example of an event (where) we didn't want to take any chances with," McGillicuddy said.

"We hold safety at the utmost importance."

Brenda – the sheriff's office bomb-sniffing dog – indicated the possibility of a bomb, a Marine explosive ordinance team from U.S. Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point was called in for assistance.

"We took the extra security and safety measure of calling on the bomb dog and the Cherry Point team partly because of the current world conditions and the recent incident at Georgia Tech," Knight said.

Monday, three explosive devices were found between two Georgia Tech dormitories. One device exploded, injuring a custodian.

The local military bomb squad found no evidence of explosive materials.


32 posted on 10/15/2005 5:40:03 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema
"We're currently investigating how the copper got into the backpack," Knight said.

Scrap copper is at an all-time high. The perp may very well have been stealing scrap from his employer, using the backpack to conceal it.

33 posted on 10/15/2005 7:22:51 AM PDT by cf_river_rat ("It is a matter of regret that many low, mean suspicions turn out to be well founded." E. W. Howe)
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To: Dr. Eckleburg

Yes, thank you, I was kind of stuned and I knew someone would come up with the other.


34 posted on 10/15/2005 8:31:54 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: cf_river_rat; LibertyRocks

Does anyone know how a water cannon blows up copper pipe?
I don't want to beat a dead horse or a bunch of copper pipe that someone might have just been lifting for ice cream money. But DETONATING copper pipes with a water cannon...what part of that doesn't lead from point A to point B? Unless it's just poor journalism, and nothing actually blew up.


35 posted on 10/15/2005 8:40:33 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: freema
They found and detonated a bag full of pipes? Excellent...


36 posted on 10/15/2005 8:52:45 AM PDT by southernnorthcarolina (I am easily distrac)
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To: freema
Unless it's just poor journalism, and nothing actually blew up.

When I read that the bomb squad "detonated" the backpack I figured that was just a misstatement. The same thought must have crossed your mind, too, 'cause you brought it up.

Don't misunderstand my position, I read this thread because I'm trying to keep abreast of these bomb threats. I only brought up the theft angle because I've seen copper stolen in trash bags, backpacks, coolers, tool bags, etc.

Maybe it really was a bomb. I want to know, and the media doesn't seem to be doing its job. Has anyone started a "Bomb Squad" ping list? I'd like to be on it.

37 posted on 10/15/2005 11:13:55 AM PDT by cf_river_rat ("It is a matter of regret that many low, mean suspicions turn out to be well founded." E. W. Howe)
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To: cf_river_rat; LibertyRocks

Liberty, are you in charge of the bomb ping list? river rat would like on it.

I didn't misunderstand your position, I'm just trying to keep up too, and the copper theft angle makes good sense.

The report that the bomb squad detonated cooper pipe didn't : )
Definitively, if it was poor journalism...we can all move along.


38 posted on 10/15/2005 11:31:05 AM PDT by freema (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: LibertyRocks
A K-9 unit detected something in the bag which could be used to make explosives. So, the Cherry Point Marine Corps Bomb Squad detonated it with a water cannon. Turns out it contained sections of copper pipe.

Copper pipes... In a backpack? One that causes a K-9 unit (Hopefully one trained to sniff out explosives, not drugs) to alert. Then it's detonated with a water cannon? Copper pipes don't detonate, no matter how hard you hit them. Unless of course they are filled with something that smells like an explosive, then depending on the details, it might detonate when hit or dropped.

39 posted on 10/15/2005 2:18:42 PM PDT by El Gato
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To: freema; cf_river_rat; indcons

Indcons is keeping the NormanBombing/OUBombing ping list.

INDCONS: please add cf_river_rat to the Norman Bombing ping list. Thanks. (o:

FYI: I was thinking of developing a "Suspicious Packages" ping list to keep track of unrelated, but interesting stories along these lines. Let me know if you think this could be of use, or of interest. (I've got some email alerts set up to be on the lookout for articles that appear at Google for these topics.)


40 posted on 10/15/2005 6:21:26 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/15) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: freema; El Gato

These news articles don't match up. In one we see that the backpack was "detonated" with a water cannon - "A K-9 unit detected something in the bag which could be used to make explosives. So, the Cherry Point Marine Corps Bomb Squad detonated it with a water cannon."

Then in the article you posted they report - "no evidence of explosive materials were found" and again, "The local military bomb squad found no evidence of explosive materials."

As El Gato stated copper pipes can't "detonate" if there is no explosive material.

This leaves the question; was there or was there not a reaction from the "water cannon"?

These reporters, IMHO have to start getting their act together...


41 posted on 10/15/2005 6:31:39 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/15) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: LibertyRocks; cf_river_rat

Done....welcome to the ping list, cf_river_rat.

LR: a "Suspicious Packages" ping list is a good idea but be aware though: you'll be really busy with all the stuff going on across the country :(


42 posted on 10/15/2005 6:36:45 PM PDT by indcons (Let the Arabs take care of their jihadi brothers this time around (re: Paki earthquake))
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To: freema

Thanks for the ping, freema. Please let me know if there is further progress to this story and I'll ping it out.


43 posted on 10/15/2005 6:37:32 PM PDT by indcons (Let the Arabs take care of their jihadi brothers this time around (re: Paki earthquake))
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To: southernnorthcarolina

LOL....nice toon.


44 posted on 10/15/2005 6:38:22 PM PDT by indcons (Let the Arabs take care of their jihadi brothers this time around (re: Paki earthquake))
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To: indcons; All

Unfortunately, you are correct...
It might be a full workload for a list like that! LOL

Anyway, I'll think about it over the next few days, and see how many respond with an interest (Freepmail me if anyone is interested in a "suspicious package" ping list).


45 posted on 10/15/2005 7:10:17 PM PDT by LibertyRocks (OUBombing summary (UPDATED 10/15) @ http://sweetliberty.alfablog.com/)
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To: freema

I wonder how much copper scrap goes for these days.


46 posted on 10/15/2005 8:11:36 PM PDT by lastchance (Hug your babies.)
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