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Va. trooper shot during water contamination investigation
The Daily Press ^ | 4 Feb 2003 | AP

Posted on 02/04/2003 9:35:13 PM PST by csvset

Va. trooper shot during water contamination investigation


By the Associated Press

Published February 4, 2003

ACCOMACK, Va. --

A Virginia state trooper was shot Tuesday night in Accomack County while investigating a possible plot to contaminate water supplies.

Col. Gerald Massengill, state police superintendent, said the trooper had been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
Massengill said the trooper was executing a search warrant on Virginia's Eastern Shore between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in connection with an investigation into a possible plot to contaminate water supplies.

The investigation was being conducted by the state police, the FBI and the Accomack Sheriff's Office. The FBI could not immediately be reached and a dispatcher at the Sheriff's Department could not provide any information.

Massengill did not release the trooper's name or any information about possible suspects or other injuries.

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TOPICS: Breaking News; Foreign Affairs; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: arabs; banglist; contamination; falco; fbi; flaco; immigrantlist; poison; poisonplot; poisonplots; raid; terrorism; vasp; water; watersupplies; watersupply
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The local TV news said that the suspect had "been to an Arab country".
1 posted on 02/04/2003 9:35:14 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset
Massengill did not release the trooper's name or any information about possible suspects

I think that tells us all we need to know about the "suspects".

2 posted on 02/04/2003 9:37:12 PM PST by Mulder (Guns and chicks rule)
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To: csvset
The dude's name is 'Massengill?' Must have been a tough time in junior high.
3 posted on 02/04/2003 9:38:30 PM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: csvset
Yikes! Sounds frightening.

Hope the trooper is OK.

4 posted on 02/04/2003 9:38:57 PM PST by Ciexyz
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To: csvset
I wonder if a "specific threat" like this will get out. Specific versus the vague, non-specific threats that get trumpeted daily which seem to be more of a CYA move. Are any of the bottled water companies publicly traded? Of course, one has to wonder about the security in those bottling plants as much as at the water treatment plants. Hopefully, corporate "greed" (desire to protect reputation) results in tight controls there.
5 posted on 02/04/2003 9:39:43 PM PST by bluefish
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To: Petronski
LOL!
6 posted on 02/04/2003 9:40:14 PM PST by Howlin
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To: bluefish; All
Everyone got a bit of water set aside?
7 posted on 02/04/2003 9:41:09 PM PST by goodnesswins (Thank the Military for your freedom and security....and thank a Rich person for jobs.)
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To: Petronski
But I bet he always smelled like a spring rain...
8 posted on 02/04/2003 9:42:07 PM PST by Chad Fairbanks ('I WISH, at some point, that you would address those damned armadillos in your trousers." - JustShe)
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To: goodnesswins
"Everyone got a bit of water set aside?"

Yup. I have my own artesian well.

9 posted on 02/04/2003 9:56:58 PM PST by blam
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To: csvset
Did they arrest the guy?
11 posted on 02/04/2003 10:08:04 PM PST by The Old Hoosier
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To: csvset
The Eastern Shore of Virginia (It's the small section of Virginia at the south end of the Delmarva Peninsula) is about the poorest, least-populated area of the entire coast from Florida to Maine.

Only exception is Wallops Island and associated NASA and military facilites, but there's something like that most everywhere.

I suspect it would be about 10,000 spots down the Al Queda target list.
12 posted on 02/04/2003 10:08:42 PM PST by John H K
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To: csvset
I'll make an official Wild-Assed Guess that it actually was somebody with a Meth Lab.
13 posted on 02/04/2003 10:11:17 PM PST by John H K
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To: RaceBannon
Still collecting water supply articles?
14 posted on 02/04/2003 10:14:36 PM PST by hellinahandcart
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To: The Old Hoosier
I believe they have. Lol, I was half asleep when they said they had "breaking news".
15 posted on 02/04/2003 10:20:19 PM PST by csvset
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To: csvset; John H K; aristeides; thinden; honway; piasa
Someday our police may take this seriously. Let's hope they start now.

It was absolutely rediculous to send a lone trooper to serve a warrant on a terrorist suspect. Someday the LEOs are going to realize that the bad guys don't register their guns, and there is a reason we call them terrorist cells. The flamin' idiot was lucky this time.

John H K -

You could well be right about the meth lab, but maybe "poisoning the water supply" had something to do with destroying the commercial fishing industry by puting something biological in the water that would flow into the bay and kill off the industry.

16 posted on 02/04/2003 10:33:29 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: goodnesswins
Everyone got a bit of water set aside?

It's called the hotwater tank. Plus the two 6 gallon jugs we keep on hand.

17 posted on 02/04/2003 10:36:56 PM PST by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig
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To: Mudboy Slim
Virginia ping
18 posted on 02/04/2003 10:42:18 PM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Lion's Cub; John H K; The Old Hoosier; Mudboy Slim; RaceBannon
An update of sorts.It doesn't say who shot the trooper though. Strange.

A Virginia state trooper was shot Tuesday night in Accomack County during an investigation into a possible plot to contaminate water supplies, according to police and court records.

Col. Gerald Massengill, state police superintendent, said the trooper had been taken to a hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

Massengill told The Associated Press the trooper was executing a search warrant on Virginia's Eastern Shore between 10 and 10:30 p.m. in connection with an investigation into a possible plot to contaminate water supplies.

FBI agents and other law enforcement officials were attempting to arrest Ipolito "Polo" Campos at his home in Accomac, The Virginian-Pilot of Norfolk reported. A suspect who was in the house was in custody, but police would not identify the person.

Charges were filed against Campos earlier Tuesday in federal court. They included accusations of using phony immigration documents and a false Social Security number.

An unidentified person reported to the Accomack County Sheriff's Department two weeks ago that Campos said he was sent to poison Virginia's waters and "if he did not poison the water someone would kill him," according to federal court records.

An FBI spokesman said the reported threat to the water supplies remains under investigation by the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force, but no credible evidence exists that any plan was in place to carry out such an attack, The Pilot reported. The task force was set up after the Sept. 11 attacks to investigate such reports.

Massengill did not release the trooper's name or any information about possible suspects or other injuries.

19 posted on 02/04/2003 11:07:53 PM PST by csvset
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To: Lion's Cub; John H K; The Old Hoosier; Mudboy Slim; RaceBannon
Update to the update, now two people killed in raid.

Officer shot, 2 people killed in Accomack raid
By TIM MCGLONE, The Virginian-Pilot
© February 5, 2003


NORFOLK -- A state trooper was shot and two people killed during a raid Tuesday night on an Eastern Shore home where a man was sought for threatening to poison Virginia's water supplies, according to police, paramedics and court records.

The trooper, who was wounded in the arm, was not identified. A Maryland state trooper said a helicopter was called to the scene to transport the wounded officer to a hospital.

The two people killed were not identified. The deaths were confirmed by Capt. Eric Schleis of the Parksley rescue squad. The FBI and Virginia and Maryland state police agencies would not confirm the deaths.

FBI agents and other law enforcement officials were attempting to arrest Ipolito ``Polo'' Campos at his home on Kellam Drive in Accomac. A suspect who was in the house was in custody, but police would not identify the person.

Charges were filed against Campos earlier that day in federal court.


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An unidentified person reported to the Accomack County Sheriff's Department two weeks ago that Campos said he was sent here to poison Virginia's waters and ``if he did not poison the water someone would kill him,'' according to federal court records.

While he is not now charged with making the threat, he is charged with having phony immigration documents and using a false Social Security number. That case will likely go to a federal grand jury.

The Immigration and Naturalization Service informed the FBI that it had no record on Ipolito Campos. Immigration documents on file with a seafood company where Campos worked do not exist in INS files, and the Social Security number Campos provided to the business belongs to someone else, the records say.

An FBI spokesman said the reported threat to the water supplies remains under investigation by the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force, but no credible evidence exists that any plan to carry out such an attack was in place. The task force was set up after the Sept. 11 attacks to investigate such reports.

Campos began working for Eastern Shore Seafood Products Inc. in Mappsville and Norfolk on Dec. 28, 2001. He was fired nearly a year later after testing positive in a random drug test, the court records say.

An employee who answered the phone Tuesday in the Mappsville office said no one was available to discuss the matter.

13 News contributed to this report.

Reach Tim McGlone at tmcglone@pilotonline.com or 446-2343.

20 posted on 02/04/2003 11:15:04 PM PST by csvset
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To: Petronski
The dude's name is 'Massengill?' Must have been a tough time in junior high.

It makes you wonder what kind of water supply he was actually threatening.

21 posted on 02/04/2003 11:31:03 PM PST by Rain-maker
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To: blam
LOL....Olympia Beer don't count !..............much :o)

Stay Safe !

22 posted on 02/05/2003 12:06:54 AM PST by Squantos (RKBA the original version of Homeland Security .....the one proven method that works !)
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To: Grampa Dave; Travis McGee; MonroeDNA; river rat; SLB; Fred Mertz; pocat
FYI ya'll !..........Stay Safe !
23 posted on 02/05/2003 12:11:12 AM PST by Squantos (RKBA the original version of Homeland Security .....the one proven method that works !)
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To: csvset
Wow- You really brought home the bacon, csvset!

Looks like maybe I wasn't too far off (assuming there really was a plan) in thinking they might be targeting the bay for some form of eco/bio terrorism to destroy the fishing industry.

But I do owe the LEOs an apology. They obviously didn't send him alone :)

I wonder if these guys are some of the fellows that got here by jumping the merchant ships?

And I'd sure like to know where they got their fraudulent papers!

From the name, I wonder if this guy is originally part of one of the Italian cells?

Here's hoping the LEOs found lots of evidence and a big fat trail to some more of these guys.

PS-

A big thank you to the LEOs who saved many lives--whether these critters turn out to be terrorists or part of some drug operation.

We wish the officer who was wounded a speedy recovery.

Just wanted you to know that we DO appreciate your efforts on our behalf!

24 posted on 02/05/2003 12:12:03 AM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: John H K
I suspect it would be about 10,000 spots down the Al Queda target list.

Amen. The Eastern Shore of Virginia is beautiful country, but it would not be mistaken for Manhattan.

25 posted on 02/05/2003 12:19:06 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: csvset
Immigration documents on file with a seafood company where Campos worked do not exist in INS files, and the Social Security number Campos provided to the business belongs to someone else, the records say.

There's a real shocker.

26 posted on 02/05/2003 12:20:28 AM PST by Travis McGee (----- www.EnemiesForeignAndDomestic.com -----)
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To: Lion's Cub
Ipolito Campos

It might be a Portuguese name, (if that's who he really is). The story has a bizarre aspect to it. We'll have to wait and see who the deceased are.

27 posted on 02/05/2003 12:25:58 AM PST by csvset
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To: Lion's Cub
I believe Campos is just a Spanish name, not Italian. How do we know he was actually going to poison anything? Maybe he was just nuts.
28 posted on 02/05/2003 12:35:42 AM PST by lonewacko_dot_com (http://lonewacko.com/blog)
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To: csvset
Just another illegal alien here to commit the acts of terror that Americans don't want to do. < /sarcasm >
29 posted on 02/05/2003 12:38:00 AM PST by 4Freedom (America is no longer the 'Land of Opportunity', it's the 'Land of Illegal Alien Opportunists'!!!)
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To: lonewacko_dot_com
How do we know he was actually going to poison anything? Maybe he was just nuts.

We don't know that he was going to poison anything. It could even be a drug war, with some rival turning in this group. But two of the group are dead--they didn't shoot it out with a task force just because they were illegals. Last I heard, we had some 500,000 illegals who'd already been ordered deported running around free in the country.

30 posted on 02/05/2003 12:57:09 AM PST by Lion's Cub
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To: Travis McGee
Why does everyone assume terrorists will only attack cities?

Here's my two cents worth. They hit cities, so we all think we are safe in the country. People in cities are scared but, for the rest of us , life goes on.

Now, they hit Chappell, Nebraska and everyone, everywhere, starts to wonder who's next.

To me, that's terrorisn. When everybody, even those in Nebraska, are looking over their shoulders and under the hood of the car, the terrorist has achieved his goal.

31 posted on 02/05/2003 12:59:37 AM PST by snowtigger
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To: John H K
I suspect it would be about 10,000 spots down the Al Queda target list.

But a it's an isolated place that's only a short drive drive to Annapolis, or south across the bay bridge tunnel takes you to Norfolk. The first major areas north and south would be high profile Navy targets. DC metro area and all points north are in easy reach. It could have beeb being used as a staging area.

32 posted on 02/05/2003 2:39:28 AM PST by putupon (The Democratic Party and Clinton's sold our missiles to Communist China)
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To: csvset
Seems odd that there hasn't been a peep one about this in national news. Or at least, not that I have heard.
33 posted on 02/05/2003 3:02:29 AM PST by hotpotato
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To: seamole
Lots of people travel to France

You're not far off. I recall whole neigborhoods of Paris filled with North Africans.

I'll bet it has to be a factor in Chirac's Quisling behavior....that plus the fact that he's a cheese eating surrender monkey and a corrupt former mayor of Paris.

34 posted on 02/05/2003 3:12:52 AM PST by ninonitti
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To: csvset
HOW was he shot?
35 posted on 02/05/2003 4:02:16 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: snowtigger
Now, they hit Chappell, Nebraska

They hit Chappell, NE? Which part of the state is that (can't reach for my R-McN right now)? And when/how did they hit it? This is news to this ex-suburban, now rural, FReeper.

foreverfree

36 posted on 02/05/2003 4:33:45 AM PST by foreverfree
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To: Petronski
"The dude's name is 'Massengill?' Must have been a tough time in junior high"

no.
An old Virginia family name dating to Jamestown.
37 posted on 02/05/2003 4:43:37 AM PST by edwin hubble
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To: putupon; Lion's Cub; snowtigger
I don't see anything odd about the location. This morning's Wall Street Journal had a long article on militant Muslims in jail and the heavy recruiting that goes on (to say nothing of the funding from the Saudi Government). Here's a quote:

"The search [of the home of an Iraqi Islamic school director] was part of a broad investigation into Islamic organizations and charities in Virginia, suspected by federal agents of helpting to move money to foreign terrorist groups, including Hamas and Al Qaeda."

In other words, there's a lot of potentially terrorist groups and activity in Virginia. I think there's also an al Fuqra community down there. There's no reason this guy with the Hispanic surname couldn't have been a Jose Padilla-type recruit to some terrorist organization.
38 posted on 02/05/2003 5:01:23 AM PST by livius
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To: goodnesswins
Everyone got a bit of water set aside?

25 - 30 gallons plus a British Berkefeld water filter.

39 posted on 02/05/2003 5:02:53 AM PST by Freebird Forever
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To: csvset; kdf1; AMERIKA; Lancey Howard; MudPuppy; SMEDLEYBUTLER; opbuzz; Snow Bunny; gitmogrunt; ...
possible religion of peace alert
40 posted on 02/05/2003 5:08:30 AM PST by RaceBannon
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To: csvset
The Immigration and Naturalization Service informed the FBI that it had no record on Ipolito Campos. Immigration documents on file with a seafood company where Campos worked do not exist in INS files, and the Social Security number Campos provided to the business belongs to someone else, the records say.

They don't know who in hell he is: fake name, fake documents, fake Social Security number.

41 posted on 02/05/2003 5:29:45 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: csvset

42 posted on 02/05/2003 5:33:43 AM PST by Consort
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To: csvset
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/826901/posts

Mississippi EMA received a phone call that the water system in Columbus(MS) had been poisoned

43 posted on 02/05/2003 5:36:04 AM PST by honway
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To: honway
The alert in reply #43 occurred on 01/21/2003. The MEMA officials and local water company have stated the water is OK for use now. An African-American woman was arrested for making two phone calls to different individuals stating the water system had been poisoned.
44 posted on 02/05/2003 5:40:26 AM PST by honway
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Now it's down to 1 dead, 1 arrested, 1 wounded state trooper. Strange.

State Trooper Shot, Another Man Killed

(Accomac, VA, February 5th, 2003, 7:22 a.m.) A state and federal investigation into a fraud case resulted in the shooting of a Virginia state trooper on Virginia's Eastern Shore, and another person was shot to death.

The shootout happened late last night as local authorities, state police and federal agents served a warrant at a home in the community of Accomac. Phil Mann with the Norfolk FBI office says the trooper was shot in the arm. Virginia State Police have not released the trooper's name. Mann says authorities were attempting to arrest Ipolito "Polo'' Campos at his home in Accomac. He says that someone in the home fired on the FBI agents, troopers and Accomack County Sheriff's deputies, and the trooper was wounded.

Mann says a second individual was shot and died. He would not identify the person, but did not say that the victim was a law enforcement official. Mann says authorities were investigating Campos on charges relating to fraud and fake Social Security identification. Mann says the region's Joint Terrorism Task Force was checking into claims that Campos had threatened to poison Virginia's water supplies. But he says there is "no credible evidence'' to support that claim. The case is still under investigation.

(Copyright 2002 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. )

45 posted on 02/05/2003 5:57:17 AM PST by csvset
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To: livius
I don't see anything odd about the location.

Now that you mention it, there is a compound of them that were chased out of CA in a rural VA area. I can't think of the location exactly, but I think it's in the south central area.

46 posted on 02/05/2003 5:57:55 AM PST by putupon (The Democratic Party and Clinton's sold our missiles to Communist China)
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To: putupon
You're thinking of Al Furqua.
47 posted on 02/05/2003 6:01:57 AM PST by Catspaw
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To: goodnesswins; Jethro Tull; A+Bert
"Everyone got a bit of water set aside?"

Hey J.T., you still holdin'?!

LOL...MUD

48 posted on 02/05/2003 6:13:18 AM PST by Mudboy Slim (RE-Impeach Osama bil Clinton...MUD)
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To: csvset
This is strange.

And I bet a Dollar that this won't be on the news. It will be deemed Non-news by the Elite media, even though it looks like some people are trying to KILL PEOPLE by using Terrorist techniques.

49 posted on 02/05/2003 6:17:38 AM PST by OXENinFLA
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To: edwin hubble
" "The dude's name is 'Massengill?' Must have been a tough time in junior high" no. An old Virginia family name dating to Jamestown. "

Remember the OLD Messengill commercials where the well-to-do mother said to the daughter "We come from a good family"? That always really impressed me! ;)

50 posted on 02/05/2003 6:46:38 AM PST by Eowyn-of-Rohan
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