UPDATED: Authorities investigating 'potential bomb' at women's health clinic

UPDATED: Authorities investigating 'potential bomb' at women's health clinic

New 3:43 p.m. Tuesday:

Local and national authorities continue to search for whoever put what looked like a bomb inside a Champaign women's health clinic Tuesday morning.

Champaign Police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said at around 8 a.m., police and the bomb squad were called to Women's Health Practice at 2125 S. Neil St.  Staff there reported they found a broken window and what police called a "potential bomb" sitting on the window sill.  Daniels said the device was made safe, although he didn't go into details. No one was hurt.

Investigators are performing tests on the device to see if, in fact, it was a bomb.

The clinic is often the site of protesters who disagree with the abortions that are performed inside.  And Daniels said police are looking into that angle.

Daniels said police spent Tuesday canvassing the area looking for evidence.  That included looking at security video and a bomb-sniffing dog going through the nearby parking lot.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are also working the case.

If you have information, call police at 351-4545 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

A representative for the clinic said it was closed Tuesday and declined further comment.

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New 10:47 a.m. Tuesday:

Federal investigators have been called in to investigate a possible threat to a Champaign women's health clinic.

Champaign Police Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said at around 8 a.m. Tuesday, police and the bomb squad were called to Women's Health Practice at 2125 S. Neil St. for a suspicious device on the property. Daniels said the device was made safe, although he didn't go into details.

The clinic is often the site of protesters who disagree with the abortions that are performed inside.  And Daniels said police are looking into that angle.

Daniels said police are canvassing the area looking for evidence.  That includes looking at security video and a bomb-sniffing dog going through the nearby parking lot.

If you have information, call police at 351-4545 or remain anonymous by calling Crimestoppers at 373-TIPS.

A representative for the clinic said it was closed Tuesday and declined further comment.

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Original story:

CHAMPAIGN — Police say a suspicious device was found on the property of the Women’s Health Practice building at 2125 S. Neil St. around 8 a.m. today.

Deputy Chief Troy Daniels said the bomb squad, called to the Shoppes of Knollwood on South Neil, rendered the device “safe.” He said there is no threat to the area.

Officers brought a bomb-sniffing dog to check cars in the area and the bomb squad’s robot was also being used outside the building.

Police are checking video from area security cameras to see if they can determine who placed the device at the building.

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CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 10:11 am

Hmmm...

Looks like we may have a local RWNJ domestic terrorist of our very own...

If that's what this turns out to be --- and really, what else could it realistically be? --- this terrorist needs to be caught and needs to go to jail for a long long time....

The Gipper wrote on November 07, 2017 at 12:11 pm

It's nothing compared to all the terrorism that goes on inside on a daily basis. But never mind, that's just blobs of tissue.

"Women's Health" Practice. What a joke.

Should have an appropriate name, like Murders 'R' Us.

CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 12:11 pm

And of course a RWNJ troll justifies this act of domestic terrorism...

Exactly as expected...

But hey, this is the good kind of terrorism, amirite...?

Another fine upstanding example of RWNJs in America today...

Disgusting...but entirely predictable...

Common Sense wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

You're calling what he wrote justifying it?

Wow. You really know how to stretch things, don't you?

I'd like to congratulate you. You've kept up your tradition of first and foremost calling names of those who you disagree with. I've seen and heard it for decades now. There is seldom a time when a liberal can have a conversation with a conservative and NOT end up calling the other person names. The only difference with you is that you tend to do it right off the bat. Is it because you don't tend to have a valid argument, so you have to call names to appear relevant?

CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

Wow....

Are you really trying to claim that his comment somehow doesn't justify and excuse this terrorism...?

Insane.

And I suppose you'll also claim that you do nothing but spread joy and brotherhood rather than your actual commenting history filled with hatred and nastiness...?

Your self delusion and hypocrisy, not to mention your bald faced lying, are sadly typical for rightwiners but are still no less astounding for being so...

acylum wrote on November 13, 2017 at 11:11 am


it's really no stretch.  The poster wrote:

"it's really nothing compared to the terrorism that goes on inside on a daily basis".

 

That is a statement that clearly is written as justification. One evil action is "nothing" compared to a daily "legal" action happening within the walls.  It's justification when something is downplayed in response to something they feel is worse.

 

It's basically called reading comprehension.  The words typed on the screen, when put together, have a specific meaning.  The writer says something, and you as the reader must determine the writer's point.  Sometimes that point is straight forward.  For example "you are an idiot,"  leaves no doubt of the writer's intended point.  However, if the writer says "maybe you should re-read what was written and see what you missed" means the same thing, just not as straightforward.  The fact that the reader is an idiot can totally be inferred by every other reader.

Maybe you should re-read what was written and see what you missed.

 

  

cgirl wrote on November 07, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Abortions are legal. Get over it. Making abortions illegal will just mean more women dying from botched illegal abortions and childbirth. Not to mention the loss to the economy by kicking women back out of the work force.

Besides, they also provide contraception, std health, insemination and PRE NATAL CARE.

So much for respecting life...

Homeboy wrote on November 07, 2017 at 5:11 pm

I agree with you cgirl. Abortions are legal, get over it. No violence. If people want to change that they should talk to their representatives to try to get the law changed. Donald Trump is president, get over it. No violence. Popular vote? Does not matter, still president. If people want to change that go to the poles next time and vote him out.

Common Sense wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

They won't be dying if they don't get abortions, now will they?

So if a few aged fools on the Supreme Court decide that rape is legal, should we tell you that it is now legal, get over it?

Adolph Hitler provided many good things for the German people, does that mean he wasn't responsible for the murder of millions?

I guess the only life that you care about respecting is that which manages to make it out of the womb alive.

CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

'They won't be dying if they don't get abortions, now will they?'

Absolutely disgusting....

This sick and hateful misogyny, along with all their other prejudices and bigotries, defines RWNJs and the Republican party they've been in control of for decades.

This is the kind of hater who loves the sexual assaulter Trump even more for bragging about his serial assaults on women...

And of course, absolutely no one is surprised that you're claiming 'Hitler provided many good things for the German people'...

This is typical of RWNJs in America today --- as Trump said, many 'very fine people'...

Sick...

cgirl wrote on November 07, 2017 at 7:11 pm

" I guess the only life that you care about respecting is that which manages to make it out of the womb alive."

What other life is there? If it's not alive, it's dead.

I believe that until its out of the womb, the fetus is the sole property of the woman. She can do with her body as she pleases.

APC wrote on November 07, 2017 at 9:11 pm

This is quite frankly one of the dumbest arguments against abortion. You really need to get educated on this subject.

Abortion has been used for literally thousands of years (for many of which, medicinal rather than surgical means were used).  Such methods have been documented and continuously used as far back as in Ancient Egypt.  Until the puritanical and religious zealots took power, it was considered a natural medical procedure.

Want fewer abortions? Try the proven methods of including comprehensive birth control in health care plans, as well as teaching sex ed in school (and not just abstinance - which, again, has been shown empirically not to work).  If you merely make abortions illegal, all you will do is put the health of the woman needlessly at risk as they go back to unsafe surgical procedures.

BTW, bringing Hitler into this discussion is utterly ridiculous. This is akin to saying something like "guns are used primarily to kill people.  You like guns. You must want to kill people." There is an abject logical fallacy in your argument due to inherent strawman.

CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 3:11 pm

Hey, Gipper...

...was it you...?

Common Sense wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

I'll bet it was the lefty that assaulted Senator Rand Paul. They did let him out on bail.

It seems to be the way they deal with things they disagree with, like the Antifa.

CallSaul wrote on November 07, 2017 at 6:11 pm

This is typical of the level of intellectual sophistication we've come to expect from our local RWNJ trolls...

BruckJr wrote on November 07, 2017 at 4:11 pm

Potential bomb?  What the heck is that?  Either it is or it isn't.  My can of lawnmower gas is a potential bomb, I guess.

wayward wrote on November 07, 2017 at 9:11 pm

Do you frequently break windows and leave your can of lawnmower gas on people's windowsills?

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