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WI Protester Is Suspect In Bomb Threat

From Wisconsin’s Leader-Telegram:

Airport bomb scare leads to arrest

An Eau Claire man was arrested Wednesday night following a police investigation of a reported bomb scare at Heartland Aviation, 3800 Starr Ave.

By: The Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Superior Telegram
March 5, 2011

An Eau Claire man was arrested Wednesday night following a police investigation of a reported bomb scare at Heartland Aviation, 3800 Starr Ave.

The bomb scare may be related to one of Gov. Scott Walker’s appearances at Heartland Aviation this week, authorities say.

Or the caller might have been unhappy about the lack of paper towels in the airport restrooms.

Eau Claire police responded to a bomb scare at 5:24 p.m. Wednesday at the aviation business located at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport.

Patrick J. Knauf 43, of 3143 Locust Lane allegedly called the business and told the receptionist that he was "going to bomb that place tonight," Chippewa County District Attorney Jon Theisen said.

Members of the Eau Claire police and fire departments searched the business’ buildings and premises. No suspicious items were located. Police said there is no additional threat to the public or concerns about safety.

This appears to be an isolated incident, police said.


Police executed a search warrant at Knauf’s residence, where he was arrested at 6:20 p.m. Wednesday. Investigators are examining telephone records and conducting follow-up interviews, Theisen said.

Walker held news conferences at Heartland Aviation both Monday and Wednesday. The investigation indicates Knauf participated in a public demonstration at the airport on either or both days, Theisen said.

Surely that is just a coincidence. We must not jump to conclusions. Unless Tea Party supporters are involved.

Picketers greeted Walker on both visits…

Criminal charges have not been filed against Knauf. A $3,000 signature bond was set during a hearing Thursday in Chippewa County Court. As a condition of the bond, Knauf cannot have contact with Heartland Aviation or its owners.

Knauf is scheduled to return to court April 19.

As far as we can tell, this incident has received little or no media coverage outside of local news outlets like the Chippewa Herald.

But just imagine if there was such a story about a Tea Party supporter allegedly calling in a bomb threat. We would never hear the end of it.

It’s almost as if our watchdog news media have a double standard.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, March 6th, 2011. Comments are currently closed.

5 Responses to “WI Protester Is Suspect In Bomb Threat”

  1. proreason says:

    “Or the caller might have been unhappy about the lack of paper towels in the airport restrooms.” or more likely unhappy because he has to pay for health insurance instead of getting it for free.

    But Steve missed the real story here. Now we have two incidents of people not named Mohammed making or carrying out violent threats, Laughner and this yahoo.

    But don’t worry, I’m not making the suggestion that there is a pattern here, even though both are frothing progressives.

    (btw, could there be a more perfect picture of an American progressive than Mr. Knauf? He must sing in a folk-rock band when he’s not building bombs to kill normal Americans.)

  2. canary says:

    To bad he wasn’t a muslim or minority, as the media wouldn’t have gave his picture or name out.

    • Mithrandir says:

      That’s right, they would have used “suspect” only.

      I will never forget the time a girl at a high school football game, a female student was sexually assaulted. He left behind a FUBU jacket. The media made NO MENTION, NO DESCRIPTION of the suspect. Well, his height and wearing jeans. –That’s it. Wow, kinda vague don’t you think?

      Later, AFTER he was caught, they posted his picture on t.v., I guess it was safe to do so, since the media couldn’t help him get away: http://www.channel3000.com/news/19091548/detail.html

  3. Rusty Shackleford says:

    This guy is just barely in my age group. I have seen a great number of them who have no competitive spirit at all. Not even the desire to work hard at their jobs or pursue a lifelong dream. In fact, many of my “peer-group” used to ridicule me for trying to pursue my own dreams. Well, I met them….I worked hard to get there and there were some pretty stout obstacles..one of which often happened to be my own peer/age group.

    I’m not sure of the mechanism that causes this other than to buy into the meme that “life is all pre-determined” or…”it’s all a crap shoot” or whatever. Maybe it’s too much TV…but I watched a ton of it and still do but know the difference between reality and TV. Seems they act as though they are playing roles in a sitcom and the barriers are only real to them. No drive, no character, just inert people…..not adding to nor taking away from society…just sort of there. Very annoying people.

  4. Mithrandir says:

    As usual, the liberal media gives cover to it’s own supporters.

    Ever wonder why the atrocities of the 60s, the Bill Ayers types, the lack of in-depth reporting on Rev. Wright, or the links to Louis Farrakhan etc? Why Ted Kennedy can accidentally kill his mistress, Democrat Robert Byrd was a leader of the KKK and linked, and good buddies with, other known racists such as Carter Glass, Virginia, of Glass-Stegal Act fame?

    Yet Sarah Palin sneezes, and the media runs out to see if anyone caught a cold from it?

    If I were the Republican figureheads, I would RUB THE MEDIA’S NOSE in all those uncomfortable facts.
    Liberal talk show host: “So Mrs. Palin, would you like to backtrack on your comments about….”
    Sarah Palin: “I would not like to backtrack on anything. Since Ted Kennedy and Robert Byrd were never expect to recant their killings and KKK days, respectively, why should I do apologize for anything?”
    Liberal talk show host: “Well why should you be president? You have no experience.”
    Sarah Palin: “You mean like Obama? Or Ted Kennedy had experience, but you ignored him killing his mistress for 58 years in Congress? I should get 1/2 of that easily!”

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