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Posted: 5/16/2003 9:55:16 AM EDT
From [url=http://avpress.com/n/frsty3.hts] this story[/url]

"LANCASTER - A former postal employee threatened President George W. Bush's life with a note written on a red bullet casing left at a Lancaster post office during a bomb hoax, a prosecutor argued at a preliminary hearing Thursday.
Jeffrey Dale Peitz is charged with six counts of planting hoax bombs. Charges of being a probationer in possession of a firearm and making criminal threats were added before his preliminary hearing, which is scheduled to continue today.

The first of six similar fake bombs was found at the main Lancaster post office, 43824 20th St. West, on Dec. 29, 2000.

Postal Inspector Douglas Bingham testified before Judge Lisa Chung in the North District Lancaster Courthouse that the first fake bomb was discovered in a collection bin.

The package was about the size of a shoe box, had brown paper wrapped outside of it and was completely covered with clear wrapping tape, a common trait that connected each of the fake bombs.

Each bomb hoax caused the closure and evacuation of the post office and the surrounding area and an investigation of several hours.

Inside the first box was what Bingham believed to be laundry detergent.

Inside it had a note to deliver the package to the president and said the next president should clean up his act.

Another package was found on April 20, 2001, a date Bingham identified as close to the anniversary of the Waco, Texas, incident in which members of a religious sect were burned to death after a lengthy standoff with law enforcement; the bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma; the killing of several students in Columbine, Colo., by two armed students; and Adolf Hitler's birthday.

This package was similarly wrapped, but it contained shavings of multicolored, perfumed soap.

This package was addressed to a supervisor at the post office and contained a note threatening the supervisor and the president to clean up their acts, calling the supervisor "Little Miss Attitude."

Bingham testified that the second note also made references to the Bible that included the quotes "This is the time of the Lord's vengeance" and "The wages of sin is death."

The next package appeared on Nov. 19, 2001, two months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks and in the heat of a nationwide anthrax scare.

This package, wrapped similarly with multicolored soap shavings inside, had a poem. "Roses are red, violets are blue, soon God's wrath will be upon you."

Along with the poem was a picture of a cityscape and two large buildings being bombed, like the twin towers.

That fake bomb was planted in the post office lobby and a camera caught a person coming in the door and placing a parcel inside, Bingham said.

The next bomb hoax came on the first anniversary of the terror attacks, Sept. 11, 2002.

The fake bomb was found between two collection boxes in the parking lot. Its box included a menacing message and a picture of the flag drawn upside down.

It also had a drawing of a fire with the words "Burn Bush burn" written over it.

Another fake bomb appeared on Dec. 9, 2002.

In its box was a red shotgun shell with the words "George W. Bush you are marked," and in a note someone wrote, "No one will be able to stop me on my path of death and destruction," along with other menacing messages.

Also written in a postscript were "I am coming for you Bush," with a photocopied picture of Bush, and the words "click, click, boom" written next to it.

The final package arrived on Feb. 12, 2003, similarly wrapped with the same soap shavings inside.

This package contained references to the situation in Iraq. This package was also placed inside the post office and someone was again caught on tape.

The Secret Service and other law enforcement agencies made Peitz their key suspect, Bingham testified.

On April 29, they served a search warrant on his house at 42408 55th St. West in Quartz Hill and on his vehicle.

Inside the garage, investigators reportedly found a revolver in a box stuffed with military and law enforcement brochures and family pictures. Ammunition reportedly was found in several locations around the house, including red-encased bullets in the garage.

The investigators found markers and tape similar to those used on the fake bombs, Bingham testified, and a pair of sneakers that were similar to those the man was seen wearing in the videotapes.

Bingham said investigators also found printed instructions to postal employees describing how to identify a suspicious package, along with other brochures about the military and law enforcement.

Twenty bars of multicolored soap reportedly were found in his bathroom.

During cross-examination, defense attorney Richard Plotin raised questions about the reliability of the evidence.

He questioned why the pictures of the man coming into the post office were not enlarged to give a better picture of the shoes.

He also questioned Bingham concerning handwriting comparisons that were revealed to be inconclusive.

"I think their entire case is weak, their 'quote' evidence is circumstantial," Plotin said after the preliminary hearing wrapped up for the day.

Plotin said the items that Deputy District Attorney Michael Blake used to link Peitz to the crime were common items that could be found in any house.

"Take my tennis shoes and put them in a bag; it's the same thing," Plotin added.

Several of Peitz's family and friends attended Thursday's preliminary hearing, but declined to comment.

This is not Peitz's first run-in with the law. He was tried three times for murder in the 1994 death of his wife, Teri Lynn, with each trial ending in a hung jury."
Link Posted: 5/16/2003 10:12:41 AM EDT
That guy is a loon. One less nut on the street.
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