LOCAL NEWS

Feds Arrest Utah Man In Ricin Case

Oct 3, 2018, 7:53 PM | Updated: Oct 4, 2018, 1:00 am

LOGAN, Utah – A Logan man is under arrest in connection with suspicious letters, first thought to contain the poison ricin, that were sent to Pentagon officials and the White House, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Utah.

Wednesday afternoon, local and federal law enforcement officers descended on a home located at 380 North and 200 West in Logan.

Based on probable cause, federal prosecutors authorized the arrest of 39-year-old William Clyde Allen III in connection with the ricin case, according to a spokesperson.

“We anticipate filing a complaint Friday in federal court in Salt Lake City,” said Melodie Rydalch with the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Salt Lake City.

Agents closed the street for the entire block and could be seen walking around in protective suits and face masks. An aerial view from KSL Chopper 5 showed investigators in the backyard of the home.

“As there are potentially hazardous chemicals involved, we ask that the public stay away from this location during the entirety of the operation,” Logan Police said in a statement. “No wider threat to public safety exists at this time.”

On Tuesday, government officials said that numerous envelopes suspected of containing ricin had been intercepted. Two of them were addressed to Defense Secretary James Mattis and the Chief of Naval Operations, Admiral John Richardson.

The Pentagon said Wednesday that a preliminary analysis showed the substance in the envelopes was from castor seeds—which are used to make the highly toxic ricin—but not ricin itself.

The Secret Service confirmed that a suspicious envelope addressed to President Donald Trump was received on Monday.

“The envelope was not received at the White House, nor did it ever enter the White House,” the statement said. “As a matter of practice, the Secret Service does not comment regarding matters of Protective Intelligence. However, in this instance, we can confirm that we are working jointly with our law enforcement partners to fully investigate this matter.”

-NBC News Channel and The Associated Press contributed to this report

KSL 5 TV Live

Top Stories

Local News

Jocelyn Martinez and Devin...
Shelby Lofton

Salt Lake City non-profit needs help getting gifts for low-income families

Salt Lake City non-profit Neighborhood House needs your help giving Christmas gifts to people in need.
18 hours ago
A passenger bus...
Larry D. Curtis

Utah transportation company expands service to Reno

Shuttle bus options from Salt Lake City to Reno, Nevada have expanded.
18 hours ago
...
Madison Swenson

Delivery driver hit by car in Bluffdale neighborhood

A delivery driver was taken to the hospital Tuesday after he was hit by a car while getting out of his vehicle in Bluffdale.
18 hours ago
Taylorsville arrest day care worker for abuse...
Eliza Pace

Crash leaves teen in critical condition after being hit by possible drunk driver

A car crash just after midnight on Sunday left one teen hospitalized in critical condition. 
18 hours ago
The U.S. flag flies at half staff over the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, DC on May 12, 2022 ...
Madison Swenson

Gov. Cox orders flags lowered for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

Utah Gov. Spencer Cox has ordered all flags be lowered to half-staff on Wednesday as part of National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day.
18 hours ago
Hoodoos in Bryce Canyon National Park on Monday, Jan. 15, 2007....
 Logan Stefanich, KSL.com

Here’s why Garfield County wants to increase visitation to Utah’s ‘Mighty 5’ during peak months

While droves of visitors pour into southern Utah every year to explore the state's "Mighty 5" national parks, one of those five is being left in the red dust, leading tourism officials to reimagine how and when they want to attract visitors.
18 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

house with for rent sign posted...
Chase Harrington, president and COO of Entrata

Top 5 reasons you may want to consider apartment life over owning a home

There are many benefits of renting that can be overshadowed by the allure of buying a home. Here are five reasons why renting might be right for you.
Festive kitchen in Christmas decorations. Christmas dining room....
Lighting Design

6 Holiday Decor Trends to Try in 2022

We've rounded out the top 6 holiday decor trends for 2022 so you can be ahead of the game before you start shopping. 
Happy diverse college or university students are having fun on their graduation day...
BYU MBA at the Marriott School of Business

How to choose what MBA program is right for you: Take this quiz before you apply!

Wondering what MBA program is right for you? Take this quiz before you apply to see if it will help you meet your goals.
Diverse Group of Energetic Professionals Team Meeting in Modern Office: Brainstorming IT Programmer...
Les Olson

Don’t let a ransomware attack get you down | Protect your workplace today with cyber insurance

Business owners and operators should be on guard to protect their workplace. Cyber insurance can protect you from online attacks.
Hand turning a thermostat knob to increase savings by decreasing energy consumption. Composite imag...
Lighting Design

5 Lighting Tips to Save Energy and Money in Your Home

Advances in lighting technology make it easier to use smart features to cut costs. Read for tips to save energy by using different lighting strategies in your home.
Portrait of smiling practitioner with multi-ethnic senior people...
Summit Vista

How retirement communities help with healthy aging

There are many benefits that retirement communities contribute to healthy aging. Learn more about how it can enhance your life, or the life of your loved ones.
Feds Arrest Utah Man In Ricin Case