Anthrax Scare Suspect in Court

October 30, 2008 12:00:00 AM PDT
The Sacramento man suspected of sending letters labeled "Anthrax" to a valley congressman is due in court later Thursday.This is video from 2003 of Marc Keyser. He's a community activist who's been previously investigated for mail hoaxes.

Wednesday, hazardous materials crews converged on the Modesto office of Congressman George Radanovich when an employee opened a letter containing a packet labeled "Anthrax Sample".

Radanovich wasn't in the office at the time, but his staff members were sent to the hospital as a precaution.

The packet turned out to be sugar. Radanovich said he's relieved there's been an arrest. "It came to a swift conclusion if indeed this suspect is the real thing and I'm just very, very happy he's been apprehended."

Similar letters arrived at the offices of several newspapers including, the Sacramento Bee and some TV stations. None have tested positive for anything dangerous.

The FBI believes there are about 120 bogus letters out there and some haven't arrived yet to their intended target. Keyser is due in court at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon.

Late Thursday morning the FBI is investigating an anthrax scare in Minneapolis. Authorities said the Star Tribune received a package containing a white powder labeled "Anthrax."



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