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New info revealed on Courthouse scare

July 17, 2007

Albany -- We now know where that letter came from that disrupted work at the Albany Federal Building yesterday. The building was on lock down most of the day after an envelope containing a clear crystal substance was opened.

Employees and staff were able to leave the courthouse last night around 10:00.  

The substance came in a letter from a North Carolina state correctional facility, and investigators are still trying to figure what that substance is.

The letter, claimed the substance is anthrax, and was sent by an inmate, Daniel Cherry. Officials at the prison, however, said no inmate by that name is housed there.

Three employees at the federal courthouse handled the letter before it was sealed in a plastic bag. The scare led to a day-long lockdown Monday.

Emergency personnel with HAZ-MAT, police and fire departments rushed to the scene. They tested substance, then turned it over to federal officials for further analysis.

The FBI is in charge of the investigation.