Journal News gun permit map: Cops probe suspicious package sent to editor CynDee Royle
Westchester County's bomb squad was analyzing a suspicious package delivered to the White Plains home of a Journal News editor Thursday, White Plains police said.
The package, which was sent to the home of Journal News executive editor CynDee Royle, was the fifth potentially harmful parcel sent to the newspaper or its employees since a Dec. 23 article and online map that revealed the names and addresses of pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.
A second suspicious package arrived Thursday at the home of a reporter, the paper said in a report. The reporter was not named, and the newspaper did not say where the reporter lives.
Along with calls and emails containing threats of violence, two envelopes filled with white powder previously were sent to the paper's White Plains office, and a third package was sent to a reporter's home. The letters and packages did not contain dangerous material.
White Plains police confirmed they were called to McBride Avenue about 2:30 p.m. and removed the suspicious package for analysis.
The Journal News has been the target of sharp criticism from gun rights advocates and some media ethicists since running the story and interactive map. The publication added fuel to an already-emotional national debate in the wake of the Newtown, Conn., mass shooting that claimed the lives of 20 young children and seven adults.
According to a report in the Journal News, police closed McBride Avenue down between North Broadway and Hawthorne Street. The street was reopened after 4 p.m., when police cleared the scene.
White Plains police said Thursday evening they were investigating the package and its origins and declined to answer further questions.