Bangor Police public information officer Sgt. Wade Betters, in response to a request by Heavy inquiring about fire and crime scene vehicles located near Sen. Susan Collins’ house, said authorities are investigating a “suspicious letter.”
It’s reported Collins was sent a “threatening letter” which the sender said contained ricin. Authorities said there was no danger to the public.
Local media first reported that a Bangor Police crime lab vehicle and Bangor Fire Department vehicles were on the scene shortly after 3 p.m. It was reported that emergency personnel were positioned on West Broadway in Bangor, next to Collins’ house. Minutes later, local media reported that Hayward Street was closed to the public.
Betters’ office forwarded a statement to Heavy that read in part, “Today at 1:39 p.m., we responded to a residence on West Broadway to investigate a suspicious letter. Members of our Criminal Investigation Division are currently on scene and the investigation is ongoing. The Bangor Fire Department and a HAZMAT team from Orono Maine are assisting the investigation.”
Betters said “at this time, we have no information that suggests the public is in any danger.”
Collins’ home had been the scene of protests prior to the vote to confirm now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Collins’ husband Thomas Daffrom was and is at the house, local media reported and Collins is on her way to her residence from Washington, it was reported. Collins said her husband and dog as well as rooms in the house were quarantined.
Collins had come under fire for her vote to move the nomination of Kavanaugh forward after an allegation made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford that Kavanaugh tried to rape her when the two were in high school. Other accusers alleged he committed sexual misconduct while in high school and college. Despite widespread protest, Kavanaugh was confirmed in a 51 to 49 on Saturday Oct. 6 with Sen. Joe Manchin, a Democrat, voting to move the vote forward and GOP Sen. Lisa Murkowski voting no.
Collins said she cast a yes vote because she believed some accusations were “outlandish” and she said during a speech that “Some of the allegations levied against Judge Kavanaugh illustrate why the presumption of innocence is so important.” She in particular was outraged she said by the “outlandish allegation (that) was put forth without any credible supporting evidence and simply parroted public statements of others. That such an allegation can find its way into the Supreme Court confirmation process is a stark reminder about why the presumption of innocence is so ingrained in our American consciousness.”
She was referring to Julie Swetnick who alleged Kavanugh and his friend conservative columnist Mark Judge facilitated gang rapes by drugging girls at large parties held in the 1980s hosted by students attending private Washington D.C.-area schools.
Monday night police and HAZMAT crews left Collins’ house, but authorities say they’re still investigating the suspect envelope and letter.
This is a developing story.