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Suspicious letter at UH proves harmless

By Rob Shikina


A suspicious letter that prompted a police and fire investigation at the University of Hawaii at Manoa campus on Wednesday turned out to be harmless, a fire department spokesman said.

After a two-and-a-half-hour investigation, firefighters turned the letter over to Campus Security after determining the letter did not pose any hazards, said Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Terry Seelig.

Police said Campus Security called about the suspicious item about 8:50 p.m. Wednesday, and a police bomb squad was sent to check the item for explosives. The fire department's hazardous materials company waited for bomb squad to finish its investigation before testing the letter for biological or chemical hazards.

Seelig said Campus Security reported the letter was found in Hamilton Library and brought outside.

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false wrote:
Suspicious Letter? Wow, I thought this was referring to the UH Point Shaving Allegations. I was hoping Rob that you were referring to the point shaving scheme, so that we could put that behind us. Maybe this letter was perpetrated by the same individual who perpetrated the Point Shaving Letter. LOL. Never hurts to try to "you know tie" unrelated pieces of the puzzle together, as a single break may "tie" a bow knot on this entire "suspicious letter" business. My thinking is that it is an unfulfilled individual, maybe a college student, who is reaching for help, and does not or cannot see help or therapy, to "work things out", as they say. Keep up ;the good work Rob.
on November 25,2011 | 03:22AM
CriticalReader wrote:
Shouldn't be surprised by this. Based on UH's new public disclosure policy, just about every letter it receives is now potentially "explosive".
on November 25,2011 | 03:35AM
KeithHaugen wrote:
Aloha: Unsigned letters should be thrown in the round file. That's what we used to do in the City Room, without even reading them. Don't waste time even reading something that is unsigned ... or signed with a phony name. If you don't know who wrote it, it means nothing.
on November 25,2011 | 05:53AM
LizKauai wrote:
Spiritual harm caused by gossip and backbiting is far more widespread, enduring and harmful than any physical danger a letter presents.
on November 25,2011 | 11:05AM
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