Mariposa & Yosemite

Congressman Radanovich releases statement on anthrax scare at Modesto office

U.S. Rep. George Radanovich, R-Mariposa, released the following statement after a suspicious package was delivered to his Modesto district office and discovered about 9:30 a.m. today.

"This morning an envelope containing a small pouch with a white powdery substance marked 'anthrax' was delivered to my district office in Modesto, CA. The staff member who discovered the envelope immediately called the local authorities who in turn contacted the Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.

"Staff members in the office were evacuated to the local hospital and all appropriate steps were taken to ensure their safety. Authorities are currently running tests to identify the white substance found in the package and have taken all necessary precautions in the immediate area surrounding the office.

"The Modesto Fire and Police departments as well as other first responders have performed with the utmost professionalism. My entire staff and I are extremely grateful for their service.

"Make no mistake, regardless of the outcome of the tests; this situation is being taken extremely seriously. I have complete confidence in local, state and federal authorities to determine the origin of the threatening package and bring those individuals responsible for this despicable act to justice."