Man arrested for alleged water poison threat

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     The quick read article below concerns the capacity for one sick human being to destroy an entire community's water source. Most water security issues to date deal with heightened protection at water plants and increased data analysis. NOTE; the concentrations of mercury that were to have been used would not have been adequately dealt with by ordinary RO. The patented Aquathin RODI process would protect against such spiked heavy metal concentrations.

Man arrested for alleged water poison threat

     WENHAM, MA — A man who allegedly threatened to poison the water supply of three Massachusetts cities with mercury has been arrested, officials said.

According to the Boston Globe, which cited a report by Boston's television station NewsCenter 5, Scott Duke Fuller is being held on $250,000 bail for allegedly threatening to dump mercury in Wenham Lake.

Fuller claimed to have liquid mercury in a Florida storage facility and said he was going to transport it from Florida back to New England to use it to contaminate Wenham Lake, which provides drinking water to 100,000 residents in Wenham, Salem and Beverly, MA, the newspaper reported.

His claim led Florida police to search a storage unit in Marion County, FL, where they found approximately eight pounds of what they believe might be liquid mercury, said the newspaper.

HazMat crews confiscated it, and testing was scheduled for last Friday, the Globe reported.

"I can't say why Wenham Lake came up. That was what we had as information, so we went ahead with it," Salem Police Department Det. Michael Andreas said in the story.  According to Purdue University researchers, the amount of mercury found in one thermometer would be enough to pollute a small lake, the story reported.

The liquid chemical was stored for more than a year and Fuller reportedly said he'd gotten it from his father, who the Globe said apparently lives in Florida.

When police searched Fuller's Salem home Thursday night they also found a handgun and ammunition, according to the article.  Fuller had been working for a painting and lead detection service in Salem when his employer and landlord, Oscar Begin, sought a restraining order after Fuller made several threats, according to the newspaper. This is apparently what led police to search the home and the Florida storage facility.  Fuller was arraigned Thursday in Salem District Court for violating a restraining order on a seperate charge, the Globe reported.


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Edited for Tech Bank 5/28/02