Friday, October 20, 2006

Bonehead Will Be Charged

OK, sports fans, whatchya gonna do? Yep, in this day and age, no threat -- even a hoax -- can be taken too lightly. In fact, you probably want some type of deterrent against hoaxes, too, let alone the real thing. So, the 20-year-old from the Milwaukee area who was allegedly involved in the stadium threat hoax of this week will be paying the piper soon. Below is the story from Associated Press:

FRIDAY, Oct. 20, 2006, 9:40 a.m.
By The Associated Press
Wisconsin man charged in NFL threat case

Newark, N.J. - Federal authorities have charged a Wisconsin man with making a hoax threat for allegedly claiming that seven football stadiums across the nation would be targeted by terrorists with radiological "dirty bombs" this weekend.

The U.S. Attorney's Office in Newark planned to hold a news conference Friday afternoon to detail charges against the man, who was not immediately identified. A news release said the man was to make a court appearance in Milwaukee later in the day.

One of the stadiums allegedly targeted was Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.

The FBI determined the threats were a hoax on Thursday.

A joint statement from the FBI and Homeland Security Department said fans "should be reassured of their security as they continue to attend sporting events this weekend."

An FBI official in Washington, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is still under investigation, told The Associated Press the Milwaukee-area man acknowledged posting the phony stadium threat as part of a "writing duel" with a man from the Brownsville, Texas, area to see who could post the scariest threat.