Bill's Newscast: Terrorism Expert Discusses Mail Bomb Packages

29 October 2018  
Embry Riddle Security Expert Dr. Richard Bloom, discusses recent mail bomb packages.

A terrorism expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Prescott isn’t surprised the FBI has arrested a -Florida man who allegedly sent mail bomb packages.

Fifty-six year old Cesar Sayoc was arrested Friday and charged with 5 counts, including illegal mailing of explosives. Former President Barack Obama, former Vice-President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton were among those who were sent crude pipe bombs in the mail. Embry-Riddle’s Richard Bloom explains this shouldn’t be considered an act of terror. Bloom says since the devices didn’t explode, investigators had a lot of evidence to work with. At least 13 bombs were mailed to states across the country, including New York, Delaware, California and Washington, DC.

The Prescott Unified Development Code Committee meets at 9:30 tomorrow morning to review the temporary Sign Land Development Code regulations.

Last week City Council discussed possible amendments to temporary signs on private property. Staff has suggested an option that includes retaining the existing Land Development Code regulations that were adopted 2 years ago. Options to revise the code include allowing larger individual temporary signs, with an increase from the current allowable 24 square feet to 36 square feet or allowing an increase in size from 6 to 16 square feet for residential signs. It has also been suggested a permit and fee be required for certain types of temporary signs, such as banners. Direction from the Prescott Planning and Coning Commission will help guide a specific proposal. Four of the Unified Code Committee members also serve on the Commission, which meets in City Council chambers on South Cortez Street.

Watch for delays on Highway 89 and Willow Creek Road. Lane closures on both north and southbound 89 near Drake Road are scheduled to run from 7 am to 7 pm tomorrow and Wednesday.

Flaggers and a pilot car will direct drivers through the work zone while pavement repairs are underway. The speed limit will be reduced to 35 miles per hour . Meanwhile, asphalt paving operations are complete along Willow Creek Road in Prescott.

Crews are now performing miscellaneous concrete work, minor cleanup activities and adjusting water valves and raising manhole covers to the finished road grade over the next 2 weeks.

Work is taking place along Willow Creek, from Mitchell Road to the intersection of Green Lane and Pulliam Drive, and along Gail Gardner way from Iron Springs to Willow Creek. Work hours are 7 am to 7 pm today through November 9th.

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