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Australian Man Arrested Outside Louisville in Connection With Sydney Bombing Hoax

A man suspected of a bombing hoax in Australia was arrested Monday outside of Louisville.

Sydney police allege that Paul “Doug” Peters broke into a teenage girl’s home on August 3rd and strapped what ended up being a fake bomb around her neck along with what may have been a ransom note. He left Australia five days later and ended up at the home of his ex-wife in La Grange, where an FBI SWAT team arrested Peters Monday evening.

“We will be alleging kidnapping, breaking and entering and committing a serious and durable offense, demanding property with menaces,” says New South Wales Superintendent Commander Luke Moore.

Peters is a 50-year-old native Australian who traveled to America frequently and, according to FBI, lived in Kentucky and elsewhere in the country for part of his life.

“He does have some family connections here. He has previously lived in the United States for some period of time. He is an Australian citizen, though.”

Moore doesn’t suspect Peters’s ex wife was part of the alleged plot.

Peters will appear in court Tuesday. An extradition hearing is in 60 days.

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Police: Census Worker Committed Suicide

From Kentucky Public Radio’s Tony McVeigh

State and federal authorities in Kentucky say a census worker found hanging from a tree in September killed himself.

When the naked body of 51-year old Bill Sparkman was found hanging from a Clay County tree, with the letters F-E-D scrawled across his chest, there were fears he had been killed because of his government job.

But after a thorough investigation, that included DNA testing of crime scene evidence, authorities are completely convinced Sparkman took his own life.

“Mr. Sparkman was found in contact with the ground, almost on his knees – roughly a few inches off of the ground. To survive, all Mr. Sparkman had to do, at any time, was to stand up,” says Kentucky State Police Captain Lisa Rudzinski.

She adds, prior to his death, Sparkman had discussed with a credible witness his intention to commit suicide.

In May, Sparkman had taken out two insurance policies, worth 600-thousand dollars, that would pay off only if he died accidentally.

Federal authorities say the investigation concludes their interest in the case.

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FBI Dedicates New Louisville Headquarters

The new Louisville headquarters for the FBI was dedicated this morning.

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The $40-million facility is located just off Bluegrass Parkway, and brings together all the FBI’s operations in Louisville. Special Agent in Charge Timothy Cox says the old headquarters in downtown Louisville was too spread out and unsafe.

“I can’t tell you how many people we’ve had walk up on our building down there, I’ve had employees hassled and harassed outside of our building as they were going to the parking lot, there were actually a couple of assaults in the parking lot,” says Cox.

FBI Director Robert Mueller was in Louisville for the dedication.  He says the new facility was designed to accommodate the necessary technology and security measures needed in today’s FBI.

fbiweb2“We have to put in highly secure areas to handle top secret and plus materials,” saus Mueller. “Offices like this already have that space built out. The Hoover building and other buildings around the country, we have to build it out from inside, which means it can be done, but it is very expensive.”

The Louisville office is the central command of all FBI operations in Kentucky.