Arrest made in Wisconsin bomb threat scare – related to Gov. Walker?


The man who was arrested for a bomb scare Wednesday at Heartland Aviation has been released on a $3,000 signature bond.

Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015.

The threat was made after 5 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a brief appearance at Heartland.

The building was sealed off, and a thorough search by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire Fire Department was made. No bomb was located, and Heartland Aviation has resumed normal operation.
The police department says this appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no additional threat to the public.


Investigation into the matter continues, and Knauf has yet to be formally charged. He is scheduled to return to court on April 19.

According to the Chippewa County district attorney’s office, Knauf participated in a public demonstration at the airport on Feb. 28 and/or March 2. Individuals with information about Knauf’s statements or conduct at those demonstrations are asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department’s confidential tipster line at (715) 839-4982.

Unlike the mainstream media, who would be jumping to all kinds of conclusions after high-tailing it to the site of the alleged threat if it the suspect had any right wing connections – or if the politico targeted was a Democrat, I’ll be responsible by noting that at this point the guy is just a suspect and we don’t know for sure 1) if this is the guy who phoned in the threat and 2) if he’s a union guy. But, well, from what little we know it sure does sound like he fits the profile of a left wing wacko.

We’ll find out in the coming days/weeks, I’m sure – with no help from the national media, of course. Stay tuned.

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