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Published February 22, 2010, 09:11 PM

LOADED SHOTGUN FOUND AT GRAND FORKS HERALD

Grand Forks Police are investigating a loaded .12 gauge shotgun found at the Grand Forks Herald newspaper.

Grand Forks Police are investigating a loaded .12 gauge shotgun found at the Grand Forks Herald newspaper.

Police were called to the Herald by newspaper editor Mike Jacobs at 10:00 am this morning after an employee cleaning a break room area found a loaded shotgun in a pillowcase in a cupboard.

Sgt. Tom Laughlin says when police got there, they took the shotgun and put it into evidence. The gun is a .12 gauge short-barreled pistol-grip shotgun. Laughlin says the gun had shells in the tube but there was not a round in the chamber. It was found in a beige pillowcase in a cupboard in a break room. Employees were cleaning the break room area when the gun was found. Editor Mike Jacobs says the break room is not cleaned on a schedule, and the gun could have gone unnoticed for some time.

“We are taking precautions,” Jacobs said. “We have hired security. There is security in the building tonight and we will keep it until the resolution of the case.”

After the gun was removed from the Herald, Laughlin says a “safety sweep” of the building was done. Grand Forks police are doing extra patrols tonight in the area as well. The case has been turned over to Grand Forks police investigators. “It certainly makes you think about security,” Jacobs said.

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