Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Security Concerns' Keep USDA Office in Leestown Closed Wednesday after Anonymous Threats

Newspaper article Charleston Gazette Mail

'Security Concerns' Keep USDA Office in Leestown Closed Wednesday after Anonymous Threats

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The U.S. Department of Agriculture reopened several of its offices across the country on Wednesday with additional security enhancements. The offices were closed the day before when the department received anonymous threats. Two offices in West Virginia's Eastern Panhandle were closed, one in Kearneysville and one in Leetown. The former office was allowed to reopen, but the latter remained closed.

USDA spokesman Matthew Herrick said in a statement that the USDA decided to reopen the offices after working with the FBI to determine the seriousness of "several anonymous messages that raised concerns about the safety of USDA personnel and facilities.

"For those remaining offices, a bit more time is needed either to get additional security enhancements in place for a safe and secure opening or to make official notifications to union representatives," Herrick said. …

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