Thursday, May 23 2013 2:49 AM EDT2013-05-23 06:49:37 GMT
SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI says a 37-year-old man has been arrested following last week's discovery in Washington state of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin.More >>
SPOKANE, Wash. - The FBI says a 37-year-old man has been arrested following last week's discovery in Washington state of a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin. Matthew Ryan Buquet made his initial appearance in federal court in Spokane following his arrest Wednesday afternoon. READ MORE DETAILS INSIDE OF THE STORY>>> More >>
UPDATE: The FBI has confirmed the substance found in a letter mailed to Fairchild AFB is in fact Ricin.
PRESS RELEASE FROM THE FBI: A letter containing a suspicious substance and a threat to a Federal District Court Judge in Spokane was intercepted on Tuesday, May 14, 2013 at the U.S. Post Office on W. Riverside Avenue in Spokane, Washington. Subsequent analysis performed by the Spokane Regional Health District, and later confirmed by the FBI at the National Bioforensic Analysis Center (NBFAC), indicated the substance in the letter contained active ricin toxin.
On May 22, 2013, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) arrested MATTHEW RYAN BUQUET, 38, for allegedly sending the letter. Earlier that day, he was charged by a one-count grand jury indictment for mailing threatening communications.
A total of five similar letters have been seized or detected:
1. Letter sent to the Federal District Court Judge in Spokane, intercepted on May 14, 2013; 2. Letter sent to the W. Riverside Post Office in Spokane, intercepted on May 14, 2013; 3. Letter sent to the President of the United States in Washington, D.C., intercepted on May 22, 2013; 4. Letter sent to Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane, located on May 22, 2013; and, 5. Letter sent to the Central Intelligence Agency, detected on May 22, 2013.
Subsequent analysis by the FBI at the NBFAC indicated the substance in the letters sent to the President of the United States, the Federal District Court Judge, and the Spokane Post Office contained active ricin toxin. The contents of the Fairchild letter continue to undergo testing at the NBFAC.
Investigators have determined that the fifth letter, addressed in a manner consistent with the first four envelopes, was sent to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). This letter was addressed to a location that does not receive mail deliveries. As of May 30, 2013, this letter has not been located by law enforcement authorities. Active monitoring of the mail stream continues in an effort to locate this letter and mitigate any risk its contents might pose.
The four envelopes in the possession of law enforcement officials were postmarked in Spokane on May 13, 2013. Each addressee was handwritten in red ink. The fifth letter, with a handwritten address of "Central Intelligence Agency" in McLean, Virginia, was probably also postmarked on May 13, 2013 and penned in red ink. In the unlikely event a letter fitting this description is encountered by a member of the public, the envelope should not be opened or handled and law enforcement authorities should be notified immediately.
Ricin is a poison found naturally in castor beans. Ricin poisoning can occur when the substance enters the body through ingestion, inhalation, or injection. To date, the FBI is not aware of any illness as a result of exposure to these letters. Public health questions should be directed to public health officials. In the State of Washington, the Department of Health may be contacted at 800-525-0127.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Washington is fully engaged in this matter, and has made no comment on whether additional charges may be sought in connection with the continuing FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service (USPIS) investigation.
An individual charged with a criminal offense is presumed innocent unless and until he or she is proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.
Wednesday, September 11 2013 9:39 PM EDT2013-09-12 01:39:26 GMT
Matthew Buquet made an appearance in federal court in Spokane Wednesday.More >>
Matthew Buquet made an appearance in federal court in Spokane Wednesday, charged with sending letters laced with the poison "ricin" to at least five different people and organizations – including the President of the United States.More >>
Wednesday, December 11 2013 1:05 AM EST2013-12-11 06:05:12 GMT
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Friends of a Montana woman on trial for the death of her new husband say she showed little emotion when she located his body in Glacier National Park.More >>
MISSOULA, Mont. (AP) - Friends of a Montana woman on trial for the death of her new husband say she showed little emotion when she located his body in Glacier National Park days after his July 7 disappearance.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 10:30 PM EST2013-12-11 03:30:19 GMT
A man who has already endured more than most is facing a new challenge.More >>
A man who has already endured more than most is facing a new challenge. Over the weekend, James VanCuren's snow tires were stolen from outside his garage before being installed on his truck. "I'm not taking the pass this time of year with bald tires," said VanCuren.More >>
You're a mean one, Mr. Grinch. That's how several people who live in Otis Orchards feel after vandals damaged or destroyed thousands of dollars of Christmas decorations. "When I came out with my daughter I saw the [inflatables] laying down and I came out and checked 'em," Ron Cafaro told KHQ's Kelsey Watts.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:39 PM EST2013-12-11 02:39:26 GMT
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. More >>
Monday night, the Spokane city council voted 6-0 to bring back the boot for habitual parking offenders. The city has not used the boot since the 1980's. The city says in the past ten years there have been more than 4 million dollars in unpaid parking tickets equaling around 90,000 unpaid tickets. The city says it aims to crack down on habitual offenders in the future.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:29 PM EST2013-12-11 02:29:21 GMT
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK.More >>
KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Police in Kennewick, Wash., say a missing 14-year-old girl has talked with her mother and says she is in Mexico and is OK. KNDO says police confirmed Tuesday that the mother of Elizabeth Romero spoke with her daughter by phone and the girl said she is in Jalisco, Mexico.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 9:17 PM EST2013-12-11 02:17:34 GMT
In the winter season the risk of car prowling and vehicle thefts continues.More >>
In the winter season the risk of car prowling and vehicle thefts continues. Spokane Police Crime Analysts say if you become a victim of a car prowling you are looking at $300-500 to fix a window and if the thief steals a credit card they estimate that you could take a loss of $500-1000 per card.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 8:58 PM EST2013-12-11 01:58:19 GMT
Prosecutors in Bonner County tell KHQ that a jury found Brianna Knapp guilty Tuesday of Fleeing the Scene of a Fatal Crash.More >>
Prosecutors in Bonner County tell KHQ that a jury found Brianna Knapp guilty Tuesday of Fleeing the Scene of a Fatal Crash. Knapp was driving a car that struck off-duty Spokane Police Officer Kurt Henson's motorcycle in Bonner County back in 2012. Henson died in the crash and his passenger was seriously injured.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:30 PM EST2013-12-11 00:30:21 GMT
Production got underway at Zome Design in Spokane Valley for the official Washington State Cougar New Mexico Bowl shirt.More >>
Production got underway at Zome Design in Spokane Valley for the official Washington State Cougar New Mexico Bowl shirt. It's a very particular process to get the shirts complete as the school colors have to be exactly right. Once the production got underway they are able to produce 300 to 500 shirts per hour.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 7:22 PM EST2013-12-11 00:22:43 GMT
The Principal of Priest River Elementary says that school will be in session on Wednesday. The school was closed Monday and Tuesday after the boiler failed.More >>
The Principal of Priest River Elementary says that school will be in session on Wednesday. The school was closed Monday and Tuesday after the boiler failed. The principal says they have electric heat in the main building and Kindergarten through 4th grade will have normal classes.More >>
Tuesday, December 10 2013 5:00 PM EST2013-12-10 22:00:52 GMT
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in Washington.More >>
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Marijuana business license applications keep rolling in Washington.The state Liquor Control Board says it has received 1,696 applications from people seeking permission to grow, process or sell cannabis under the new recreational marijuana law. The application window opened Nov. 18, with a deadline of 5 p.m. on Dec. 20.More >>