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Letter, lollipops land man in custody

Bomb squad called in for package left for Labrador

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Posted: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 1:15 am

COEUR d'ALENE - A 40-year-old man was taken into protective custody Monday in connection with a suspicious package left at Sen. Jim Risch's Coeur d'Alene office, 610 Hubbard Ave., Suite 213.

Law enforcement officials cordoned off the Harbor Plaza Center for approximately three hours while they assessed a large manila envelope placed on the windowsill of Risch's office for any potential threat. A Spokane Police Department bomb squad determined that the package, which was addressed to Rep. Raul Labrador, contained a letter and several lollipops.

"It was nothing threatening at all," Coeur d'Alene Police Sgt. Christie Wood told The Press shortly after the area had been cleared.

According to a CDAPD press release, the letter addressed to Labrador was "rambling in nature and expressed frustration over receiving a parking ticket." Several other individuals received the same letter.

"Some of the persons who received copies of the letter work for various offices of the government at the local, state, and federal level," the press release states. "It does not appear Congressman Labrador was singled out for contact by the male but the package left for him was suspicious due to it being bulky."

The name of the man arrested in connection to the suspicious package was not released by the CDAPD because it was determined "he needs mental health services."

"The male was also involved in inappropriate contact with a 29 year-old female that works for the city of Coeur d'Alene in the library," the press release states.

A stalking report was filed by the employee Friday and the results of an interview with the male will be forwarded to the city attorney's office for review of the stalking charges.

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