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Suspicious knapsack found in Martinsburg City Hall

August 19, 2009|By MATTHEW UMSTEAD

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A block of North Queen Street between Race and Martin streets was taped off Wednesday night for a knapsack found in City Hall that was deemed suspicious by police.

Martinsburg Police and West Virginia State Police handled the incident, according to Martinsburg Police Department Lt. G.F. Macher Jr.

The package was discovered on the first floor of the building about 9:15 p.m. during a routine lockdown following municipal court. The building was nearly empty at the time, with the exception of uniformed officers and civilian staff, Macher said.

Police department dispatchers were moved to the county's central disptach center, according to Macher, who said he discovered the knapsack lodged against a main support wall outside the municipal courtroom.

The knapsack was removed from the building. An explosion just before 11 p.m. was the sound of the package being "disrupted" and "disturbed," according to Macher.

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The contents appeared to be personal items belonging to a male, according to Macher.

More than 100 people were in the building earlier in the evening for court, he said.

Yellow police-line tape was stretched across North Queen Street and traffic detoured onto Race and Martin streets.

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