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Auburn
03-13-2007, 13:25
No bomb at editorial writer's home
By Donna Alvis-Banks and Paul Dellinger

UPDATED 3.28 p.m.

The mysterious package that was delivered to Roanoke Times editorial writer Christian Trejbal's home today and prompted police to close a Christiansburg street turned out to be full of blank mailing labels and cardboard mailers.

A state police bomb squad was called to School Lane and at least some neighbors were evacuated after Trejbal, who attracted a deluge of criticism with a column about concealed carry firearms permits, found the package during a lunch-time trip home. Trejbal has received threats in the wake of his Sunday column, which celebrated open government and public records and was accompanied by an online database listing the about 135,000 Virginians who are licensed to carry concealed firearms. The information is available to anyone who inquires at county courthouses, or can be obtained on a statewide basis from Richmond.

Angry responses poured into the paper's message boards after the column ran, with readers complaining that putting the database online would make it easier for thieves to find weapons to steal or for abusive spouses to track down partners who'd acquired weapons to protect themselves. The Roanoke Times removed the database from its Web site Monday afternoon due to concern that it might include names that should not have been made public, president and publisher Debbie Meade said.

Lt. Mark Sisson of the Christiansburg police said today that Trejbal said he definitely didn't order the package "so we're going to take every precaution."

Susan Thomas, who lives near Trejbal, called him a good neighbor, but said he had upset people with his columns. She and others who live in the neighborhood were confused as police arrived at his home.

"We don't have any idea what's going on," Thomas, 64, said as the bomb squad examined the box. "... I saw a yellow truck this morning. They delivered a package this morning. It said DHL on the side. I saw him opening it up and looking in it, then I saw all the police cars. I asked them, 'Should we be concerned?' and they said 'Just give us a minute.' 'A minute has been two or three hours.' "

The box was full of blank DHL mailers and labels. There was no immediate indication why it was delivered to Trejbal.

DragonRider
03-13-2007, 13:45
I hate to see this kind of press now to cloud the issue when we had the moral high ground.

John

Messer
03-13-2007, 14:19
http://www.roanoke.com/news/nrv/breaking/wb/108505
No bomb at editorial writer's home
By Donna Alvis-Banks and Paul Dellinger
UPDATED 4:05 p.m.
The mysterious package that was delivered today to Roanoke Times
editorial writer Christian Trejbal's home and prompted the closing of a
Christiansburg street turned out to be full of blank mailing labels and
cardboard mailers.
School Lane was closed, a state police bomb squad was called and at
least some neighbors were evacuated after Trejbal, who attracted a
deluge of criticism with a column about concealed carry firearms
permits, found the package during a lunch-time trip home. Trejbal has
received threats in the wake of his Sunday column
<http://www.roanoke.com/editorials/trejbal/wb/108160> , which celebrated
open government and public records and was accompanied by an online
database listing the about 135,000 Virginians who are licensed to carry
concealed firearms. The information is available to anyone who inquires
at county courthouses, or can be obtained on a statewide basis from
Richmond.
Angry responses poured into the paper's message boards
<http://blogs.roanoke.com/roundtable/columns/comment_on_trejbals_column_
12.html> after the column ran, with readers complaining that putting
the database online would make it easier for thieves to find weapons to
steal or for abusive spouses to track down partners who'd acquired
weapons to protect themselves. The Roanoke Times removed the database
<http://www.roanoke.com/gunpermits/> from its Web site Monday afternoon
due to concern that it might include names that should not have been
made public, president and publisher Debbie Meade said.
Lt. Mark Sisson of the Christiansburg police said today that Trejbal
said he definitely didn't order the package "so we're going to take
every precaution."
Susan Thomas, who lives near Trejbal, called him a good neighbor, but
said he had upset people with his columns. She and others who live in
the neighborhood were confused as police arrived at his home.
"We don't have any idea what's going on," Thomas, 64, said as the bomb
squad examined the box. "... I saw a yellow truck this morning. They
delivered a package this morning. It said DHL on the side. ... Then I
saw all the police cars. I asked them, 'Should we be concerned?' and
they said 'Just give us a minute.' 'A minute has been two or three
hours.' "
The box was full of blank DHL mailers and labels. Wendy Parmalee of
DHL's Blacksburg office said the box sounded like something that went to
new customers and she was not sure why it was delivered to Trejbal.

Gunfixr
03-13-2007, 14:47
While it is amusing, if someone did this a some sort of retribution it will set us back an enormous amount.

DragonRider
03-13-2007, 16:18
The other possibility is that someone requested stuff in his name, go on the DHL site and look under SHIP, then order supplies. It did NOT ask for you to sign up for their service. Not unlike the old prank of sending magazines with the pay later checked. But in this case, a box sends a whole new message. Not even illegal I bet.

John

Auburn
03-13-2007, 17:03
I guess the media spin on this will be that he is now a victim of all those crazed gun owners that are now out to get him. He may even have to go to an "undisclosed location";).

We know that's not true, but if stuff like this continues, he will quickly start getting a lot of support.

iiibbb
03-13-2007, 18:06
A self fulfilling prophesy I suppose. He thought that CWP holders were worthy of his fear, but then again, what did he expect to happen?

I'm sure more than a few out of the 130,000 might've reacted by sending a mysterious package...

RussP
03-13-2007, 19:17
Me thinks he over reacted for the additional exposure slanted his way.

:cool:

mayberrypd
03-13-2007, 20:18
It really wouldn't shock me if the fool sent them to himself, just to spin things.

On a side note, I wonder how many of the LEO's on the scene were part of the morons list.......

Mayberry

geminicricket
03-13-2007, 20:23
Free office supplies. KEWL!

stooxie
03-16-2007, 18:24
Actually, there IS a good moral here but it's subtle.

Trejbal was basically trying to do yet another expose of fear mongering firearm owners. He even threw out some stats showing how rapes and burgleries were higher in states with CCW laws (of course not pointing out which causes which).

But in the end? What did Trejbal really fear? What really caused panic in his community?

A freakin cardboard box. With nothing in it but mailing labels.

I think that actually sends a very powerful message. If Trejbal is SO damn secure in his safety, why would he be concerned about a small box?

Guess the world isn't so safe, is it Trejbal?

-Stooxie