Rich Liebson, The (Westchester, N.Y.) Journal News/Gannett
WHITE PLAINS, N.Y. -- A bomb squad and police responded Thursday to reports of a suspicious package mailed to the home of the editor of a newspaper that has been the target of criticism after publishing a database of local gun-permit holders.
The package was delivered to the home of CynDee Royle, editor and vice president/news of The Journal News.
was the fifth instance of a suspicious letter or package being
delivered to the newspaper's White Plains offices or to the homes of
company employees since Dec. 23 when The Journal News published a Dec.
23 article titled "The gun owner next door: What you don't know about
the weapons in your neighborhood." The report included an interactive
map on the newspaper's website with the names and addresses of legal
pistol-permit holders in Rockland and Westchester counties.
map ignited a firestorm of controversy and continues to be criticized by
some who feel it threatens public safety and by others who feel it
demonizes legal gun owners.
On Thursday, about 20 police officers
from the city and the county, the bomb squad, a firetruck and two
ambulances responded to Royle's street and remained for more than one
"We're investigating a suspicious package that was delivered here," White Plains police Lt. Eric Fischer said.
He said the bomb squad had removed the package and transported it to a county public-safety facility for analysis.
envelopes containing white powder arrived at the newspaper's offices
last week. Both were determined to be baking powder. Two other
suspicious items were mailed to the home of a reporter. One of them was
deemed not dangerous by police. The other, which arrived Thursday, was
still being analyzed by police. Armed guards were hired at the
headquarters shortly after the public outcry.