Alert Over, Suspicious Package Contents Revealed

A suspicious package found at a restaurant put New Bern police on alert, but it turned out to be a false alarm.

South Glenburnie Road was closed by the New Bern police department from Highway 17 to Cardinal Avenue while an explosive device team investigated the suspicious package, which was discovered at Arturo's Mexican Restaurant.

New Bern police chief Frank Palumbo told WITN's Ken Heineck LIVE on WITN News that the package was found Wednesday but was not reported until Thursday. The chief said the address was suspicious, that it was from Michigan to Michigan. The chief said the explosive team investigated the package and discovered presents wrapped up inside a larger box. The presents were golf balls and a book on flowers.

The roadway and the Blair Square Shopping Center were reopened shortly before 12:30 p.m.

Several businesses surrounding the restaurant were also closed but are now open.


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  • by Tim Location: Vanceboro on Apr 24, 2009 at 08:08 AM
    First of all, if racist is even in your handle it is very likely that you are exactly that. Those who cry foul the most are generally the ones commiting the foul. The cry foul to get the attention off their tru agenda. If you have to quality ANY statement by beginning.."I'm not racist"...then, unfortunately you are. You say that for the benefit of the folks listening to you who have already (however wrongly it may be) judged you as racist by other utterings you have offered. Just an observation!
  • by ~ALPHA female~ Location: O84P on Apr 23, 2009 at 04:33 PM
    The Arturo's Mexican Restaurant thought that someone would send an explosive device to their restaurant? Is the food that good? Or that bad? ..All Mexican restaurants have explosives devices... they are called REFRIED BEANS!
  • by Sam Location: Willliamaton on Apr 23, 2009 at 01:34 PM
    If nobody wants the golf balls, then i will be glad to take them. I wont have to buy as many before my next round of golf.
  • by Anti-Racist Location: All NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:16 PM
    Thanks Pee Dee, point taken, should have been more politically correct. Anonymous, i have blogged with you under different names, but the facts remain the same. If you do not like it then dont go to the non english places and you wont have any problems.
  • by Ridiculous Location: Greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 12:06 PM
    Ridiculous, that this is the world we live in!
  • by LS Location: NB on Apr 23, 2009 at 11:10 AM
    omg....that is suspicious...somebody at the restaurant buying golf balls and books...hope they got good price on ebay!!!
  • by pee dee Location: jacksonville on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:09 AM
    to anti-racist: I agree about having no racial slurs but the name "terrorist" has been replaced by Homeland Security. You should refer to them as "overseas contingency people".
  • by Anonymous Location: greenville on Apr 23, 2009 at 10:05 AM
    Anti-Racist, who's racist? "nobody" for wanting to communicate with the employees or the employees for not learning to speak with all their customers?
  • by Anti-Racist Location: All NC on Apr 23, 2009 at 08:50 AM
    For "nobody", what is up with the racial coments"? We have enough problems with terrorist and your only thought is a racist comment? Grow Up
  • by nobody Location: everywhere on Apr 23, 2009 at 08:16 AM
    Yet another dissatisfied customer...since they can't or won't speak English there.
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