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Updated Mar 19, 2014 - 10:43 am

Man pleads not guilty to mailing bomb to Sheriff Joe Arpaio

PHOENIX — An Oklahoma man has pleaded not guilty to charges that he mailed
an inoperable homemade bomb nearly a year ago to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe
Arpaio.

Gregory Lynn Shrader, 55, of Jay, Okla., entered the plea on Friday
in federal court in Phoenix.

Investigators said the bomb was discovered in April at a mail collection-box unit
in Flagstaff and was made of smokeless powder, wires, a battery and a
pressure-release switch attached to its lid.

Authorities eventually determined the bomb was inoperable, though black powder
inside the parcel could have exploded or ignited in a flash fire.

Police disabled the bomb.

Authorities said a woman told them that she drove with Shrader to northern
Arizona and saw him place the parcel into the mail box wearing surgical-type
gloves.

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