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Wyo. Powder Mailing Suspect Probed

October 26, 2002

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) _ The state Capitol was evacuated Friday because suspicious powder was found in an envelope mailed to the governor’s office and police were questioning a suspect, officials said.

Four people who work in Gov. Jim Geringer’s front office were checked for possible anthrax exposure at a local hospital. None showed symptoms of exposure, and officials did not recommending they take the antibiotic Cipro.

Preliminary tests on the powder were negative, said. Dr. Brent Sherard, state health officer. Final results won’t be available until noon Sunday, he said.

The FBI was questioning a man from another state, Geringer said. He would not elaborate.

``Apparently there was a return address on the letter,″ he said.

Geringer and other state officials said they did not know if the letter was addressed to Geringer specifically or just the governor’s office.

They also didn’t know what state it came from or whether it contained a threatening note.

Governors’ offices in other states have been notified of the incident.

The Capitol will be shut down through the weekend or until tests indicate the powder was harmless.

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