A radio amateur, Irene Marie Levy KJ6CEY, , has been arrested after allegedly making threats on Police and Fire service frequencies. Hemet Police investigators seized 11 radios, seven radio frequency scanners, radio frequency lists, computer equipment, and other miscellaneous radio equipment from Levy’s home. She is being held on suspicion of making terrorist threats; false report of a bomb threat; and maliciously interrupting, disrupting, impeding, or interfering with the transmission of a public safety radio frequency.
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After the recent incident with Joseph S McVeyK8JSM, who was arrested while trying to see US President Barack Obama, this is just the sort of publicity amateur radio does not need. We all know their are some nutters in ham radio circles, but the press will now be out to tar us all with the same brush. Next thing you know anyone with a hand held radio or an communications aerial on their car is a threat. These things usually happen in threes so I wonder who will be next.
I feel sure that Joseph McVey is just a naive over enthusiastic kid who was no threat to anyone but was in the wrong place at the wrong time. He perhaps needs to grow up, stop playing cops and robbers and find a good woman. I am equally sure that Irene Marie Levy is suffering from a mental breakdown and in need of some care and medication. Her actions seem typical of someone with a bi-polar condition, which can be treated with drugs such as lithium. At the very least this is a cry for help, but so often in society we want to lock up instead of help people.
Latest- The Secret Service does not believe there was a threat to President Obama and according to his Twitter page Joseph McVey has been released and is home.