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Offline Jerrymac

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OH good grief...
« on: August 26, 2007, 11:57:31 AM »

By CARA RUBINSKY, Associated Press Writer Sat Aug 25, 6:19 PM ET

NEW HAVEN, Conn. - Two people who sprinkled flour in a parking lot to mark a trail for their offbeat running club inadvertently caused a bioterrorism scare and now face a felony charge.

The sprinkled powder forced hundreds to evacuate an IKEA furniture store Thursday.

New Haven ophthalmologist Daniel Salchow, 36, and his sister, Dorothee, 31, who is visiting from Hamburg, Germany, were both charged with first-degree breach of peace, a felony.

The siblings set off the scare while organizing a run for a local chapter of the Hash House Harriers, a worldwide group that bills itself as a "drinking club with a running problem."

"Hares" are given the task of marking a trail to direct runners, throwing in some dead ends and forks as challenges. On Thursday, the Salchows decided to route runners through the massive IKEA parking lot.

Police fielded a call just before 5 p.m. that someone was sprinkling powder on the ground. The store was evacuated and remained closed the rest of the night. The incident prompted a massive response from police in New Haven and surrounding towns.

Daniel Salchow biked back to IKEA when he heard there was a problem and told officers the powder was just harmless flour, which he said he and his sister have sprinkled everywhere from New York to California without incident.

"Not in my wildest dreams did I ever anticipate anything like that," he said.

Mayoral spokeswoman Jessica Mayorga said the city plans to seek restitution from the Salchows, who are due in court Sept. 14.

"You see powder connected by arrows and chalk, you never know," she said. "It could be a terrorist, it could be something more serious. We're thankful it wasn't, but there were a lot of resources that went into figuring that out."
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Re: OH good grief...
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2007, 05:11:21 PM »
    Sorry but, Give me a break!  True they could have communicated their wishes.  But some folks (governments included) are just a bit too gun shy and quick to nail anyone who they "think" is a terrorist.  Seems we are started well down the slippery slope we were warned about, ...giving up a little freedom for a little security and soon we won't have either.   IMHO that is...
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« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2007, 05:16:25 PM »
it is perfectly reasonable to investigate such a thing.  perhaps even to evacuate an area until you get answers.  this PD went to far.  it is one thing to be vigilant.  quite another to be repressive.

these are the actions by authorities that will make us less safe.  they will be challenged.  maybe even taken  to court over this.  in the future, PD's will hesitate to act and perhaps miss the real thing.

a little common sense goes a long way......
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« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2007, 06:28:41 PM »
Common sense is absolutely not allowed!  You are suggesting that people think.  They don't want anyone to think, just to obey.  :roll:

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« Reply #4 on: August 29, 2007, 04:05:37 PM »
They will have to form a support group w/ the guys from Boston who placed those game adds. New England is a little bit jumpy!
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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007, 09:11:44 PM »
OMG how come these idiots now get listened to? Kids playing bloody chalk chasey = terrorist secret signals. The worls getting dumber by the day!

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« Reply #6 on: September 02, 2007, 09:14:16 PM »
Give me a #s@#! break! Everyone involved in this should be laughing loudly at how silly the humans acted. Be careful next time you do a sugar shake for mites, you may cause a terrorist scare!
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« Reply #7 on: October 26, 2007, 02:16:35 AM »
i personaly don't forsee it gettingany better anytime soon either
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