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Bomb Squad Rolls in Roanoke

Discussion in 'Glockers of the Old Dominion' started by Auburn, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. Auburn

    Auburn WAR EAGLE!

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    No bomb at editorial writer's home
    By Donna Alvis-Banks and Paul Dellinger

    UPDATED 3.28 p.m.

    The mysterious package that was delivered to Roanoke Times editorial writer Christian Trejbal's home today and prompted police to close a Christiansburg street turned out to be full of blank mailing labels and cardboard mailers.

    A state police bomb squad was called to School Lane and at least some neighbors were evacuated after Trejbal, who attracted a deluge of criticism with a column about concealed carry firearms permits, found the package during a lunch-time trip home. Trejbal has received threats in the wake of his Sunday column, which celebrated open government and public records and was accompanied by an online database listing the about 135,000 Virginians who are licensed to carry concealed firearms. The information is available to anyone who inquires at county courthouses, or can be obtained on a statewide basis from Richmond.

    Angry responses poured into the paper's message boards after the column ran, with readers complaining that putting the database online would make it easier for thieves to find weapons to steal or for abusive spouses to track down partners who'd acquired weapons to protect themselves. The Roanoke Times removed the database from its Web site Monday afternoon due to concern that it might include names that should not have been made public, president and publisher Debbie Meade said.

    Lt. Mark Sisson of the Christiansburg police said today that Trejbal said he definitely didn't order the package "so we're going to take every precaution."

    Susan Thomas, who lives near Trejbal, called him a good neighbor, but said he had upset people with his columns. She and others who live in the neighborhood were confused as police arrived at his home.

    "We don't have any idea what's going on," Thomas, 64, said as the bomb squad examined the box. "... I saw a yellow truck this morning. They delivered a package this morning. It said DHL on the side. I saw him opening it up and looking in it, then I saw all the police cars. I asked them, 'Should we be concerned?' and they said 'Just give us a minute.' 'A minute has been two or three hours.' "

    The box was full of blank DHL mailers and labels. There was no immediate indication why it was delivered to Trejbal.
     
  2. DragonRider

    DragonRider

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    I hate to see this kind of press now to cloud the issue when we had the moral high ground.

    John
     


  3. Messer

    Messer

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    Jan 13, 2003
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    http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/breaking/wb/108505
    No bomb at editorial writer's home
    By Donna Alvis-Banks and Paul Dellinger
    UPDATED 4:05 p.m.
    The mysterious package that was delivered today to Roanoke Times
    editorial writer Christian Trejbal's home and prompted the closing of a
    Christiansburg street turned out to be full of blank mailing labels and
    cardboard mailers.
    School Lane was closed, a state police bomb squad was called and at
    least some neighbors were evacuated after Trejbal, who attracted a
    deluge of criticism with a column about concealed carry firearms
    permits, found the package during a lunch-time trip home. Trejbal has
    received threats in the wake of his Sunday column
    <http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/trejbal/wb/108160> , which celebrated
    open government and public records and was accompanied by an online
    database listing the about 135,000 Virginians who are licensed to carry
    concealed firearms. The information is available to anyone who inquires
    at county courthouses, or can be obtained on a statewide basis from
    Richmond.
    Angry responses poured into the paper's message boards
    <http://blogs.roanoke.com/roundtable/columns/comment_on_trejbals_column_
    12.html> after the column ran, with readers complaining that putting
    the database online would make it easier for thieves to find weapons to
    steal or for abusive spouses to track down partners who'd acquired
    weapons to protect themselves. The Roanoke Times removed the database
    <http://www.roanoke.com/gunpermits/> from its Web site Monday afternoon
    due to concern that it might include names that should not have been
    made public, president and publisher Debbie Meade said.
    Lt. Mark Sisson of the Christiansburg police said today that Trejbal
    said he definitely didn't order the package "so we're going to take
    every precaution."
    Susan Thomas, who lives near Trejbal, called him a good neighbor, but
    said he had upset people with his columns. She and others who live in
    the neighborhood were confused as police arrived at his home.
    "We don't have any idea what's going on," Thomas, 64, said as the bomb
    squad examined the box. "... I saw a yellow truck this morning. They
    delivered a package this morning. It said DHL on the side. ... Then I
    saw all the police cars. I asked them, 'Should we be concerned?' and
    they said 'Just give us a minute.' 'A minute has been two or three
    hours.' "
    The box was full of blank DHL mailers and labels. Wendy Parmalee of
    DHL's Blacksburg office said the box sounded like something that went to
    new customers and she was not sure why it was delivered to Trejbal.
     
  4. Gunfixr

    Gunfixr

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    While it is amusing, if someone did this a some sort of retribution it will set us back an enormous amount.
     
  5. DragonRider

    DragonRider

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    NoVA
    The other possibility is that someone requested stuff in his name, go on the DHL site and look under SHIP, then order supplies. It did NOT ask for you to sign up for their service. Not unlike the old prank of sending magazines with the pay later checked. But in this case, a box sends a whole new message. Not even illegal I bet.

    John
     
  6. Auburn

    Auburn WAR EAGLE!

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    Apr 24, 2005
    Knoxville, TN
    I guess the media spin on this will be that he is now a victim of all those crazed gun owners that are now out to get him. He may even have to go to an "undisclosed location";).

    We know that's not true, but if stuff like this continues, he will quickly start getting a lot of support.
     
  7. iiibbb

    iiibbb

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    Virginia
    A self fulfilling prophesy I suppose. He thought that CWP holders were worthy of his fear, but then again, what did he expect to happen?

    I'm sure more than a few out of the 130,000 might've reacted by sending a mysterious package...
     
  8. RussP

    RussP Moderator

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    Central Virginia
    Me thinks he over reacted for the additional exposure slanted his way.

    :cool:
     
  9. mayberrypd

    mayberrypd

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    Sep 26, 2002
    Virginia
    It really wouldn't shock me if the fool sent them to himself, just to spin things.

    On a side note, I wonder how many of the LEO's on the scene were part of the morons list.......

    Mayberry
     
  10. stooxie

    stooxie NRA Life Member

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    Apr 10, 2005
    Northern Virginia
    Actually, there IS a good moral here but it's subtle.

    Trejbal was basically trying to do yet another expose of fear mongering firearm owners. He even threw out some stats showing how rapes and burgleries were higher in states with CCW laws (of course not pointing out which causes which).

    But in the end? What did Trejbal really fear? What really caused panic in his community?

    A freakin cardboard box. With nothing in it but mailing labels.

    I think that actually sends a very powerful message. If Trejbal is SO damn secure in his safety, why would he be concerned about a small box?

    Guess the world isn't so safe, is it Trejbal?

    -Stooxie