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Rockefeller's Beckley office 'all clear' after suspicious package

By From staff reports

CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- There was nothing harmful found in a suspicious package mailed to the Beckley office of U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va.

Rockefeller spokesman Andrew Beckner said the all clear was given sometime after 1 p.m. Beckner said he was not sure what was in the package, but it was deemed harmless. 

The suspicious package was reported to law enforcement at 10:40 a.m., said an employee at the Raleigh County 911 Center. The Beckley city police and fire departments investigated, and the West Virginia State Police sent a bomb dog to the office, the employee said.

Before the all clear was given Beckner said the office received a package, and "we felt we needed an extra set of eyes to determine its contents and its intent."

"Our staff takes an abundance of precaution when they receive mail, and strictly follow established Senate policy and procedures for handling it," Beckner said in an emailed statement.

"While mail and packages that arrive in our D.C. offices are pre-screened off site, that service isn't available in state offices. That is why our staff took the prudent and precautionary step of asking for assistance from security screeners."

The office is at 220 N. Kanawha St. in downtown Beckley.

Rockefeller is Washington, D.C., today, but he's slated to be in Beckley tomorrow, Beckner said. The senator is supposed to meet with Boy Scouts, in town for the 2013 National Jamboree at the Summit: Bechtel Family National Scout reserve.

City police say the building and the Raleigh County Library, connected to the building, was evacuated, according to the Charleston Gazette. The Gazette also reported the package was sent from outside the United States.


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