The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

July 11, 2013

Suspicious package delivered to Rockefeller's Beckley office not a threat, police say

Package originated in South Korea

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

BECKLEY — West Virginia State Police bomb technicians were called to the Raleigh County office of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller (D-W.Va.) Thursday after a package described as suspicious arrived at the Beckley facility.

Bomb techs arrived around 12:45 p.m. to X-ray the package, which had been sent overnight from South Korea.

By 1 p.m., State Police and Beckley Police Department agents had cleared the scene and determined that the package was not a threat.

Cpl. A.D. Palmateer of the Beckley detachment of the State Police said the Senator’s North Kanawha Street office staff was not expecting any package from South Korea and did not recognize the name of the sender.

Palmateer said the reaction may have been “overkill” but added that with recent bombings, and due to Rockefeller’s public service in the Senate, it was “better to err on the side of caution.”

Rockefeller spokesperson Andrew Beckner stated, “Our staff takes an abundance of precaution when they receive mail, and strictly follow established Senate policies and procedures, which require precautionary steps of asking for assistance from security screeners in some cases.”

Jan Care Ambulance and Beckley Fire Department officials were also at the scene.

Rockefeller is expected to be at Tamarack Friday to help celebrate the opening of the 2013 Boy Scouts National Jamboree.