Sirens & Gavels

Bomb found outside federal courthouse

The doorway of the  Review Tower frames the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane Wednesday. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)
The doorway of the Review Tower frames the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse in downtown Spokane Wednesday. (CHRISTOPHER ANDERSON)

At a time of heightened concerns over threats to government officials, federal authorities in Spokane kept quiet about the discovery of a bomb found alongside the Thomas S. Foley U.S. Courthouse last week.

They acknowledged the investigation Wednesday, however, after the latest edition of Newsweek magazine disclosed the March 28 discovery as part of an article examining increasing anti-government threats and violence spreading across the nation.

U.S. Attorney Jim McDevitt defended the decision to try keeping the case under wraps.

Read the rest of Thomas Clouse's story here.

The news comes the same week a Selah man was charged in federal court with threatening to kill Democratic Sen. Patty Murray over her support for health care reform.

Charles Alan Wilson, 63, was arrested in Yakima on Tuesday, accused of leaving voicemail messages at Murray's office saying she had a target on her back and “it only takes one piece of lead.”

Read the Associated Press story here.




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