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MPs Got Rid Of 'intimidating' Armed Guards At Main Gate

A report found that some members and staff felt the presence of armed guards outside the main visitor entrances did not create a welcoming atmosphereHANNAH MCKAY/EPA

Permanent armed guards were removed from the gate at which PC Keith Palmer was murdered after MPs complained their presence was intimidatory , police sources have told The Times. The fixed armed position at Carriage Gates was replaced at some point over the past two years by a mobile firearms patrol. Parliamentary security sources confirmed that the switch had occurred but claimed it was because of Scotland Yard s concerns that a static armed officer on a gate that was usually open would be vulnerable to attack. The change in deployment could explain why the terrorist Khalid Masood was shot dead by a police close protection officer who happened to be on the scene rather than by a uniformed firearms officer stationed at Westminster.

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KPVI learns more about Cyanide factory in Pocatello

A follow up to a story we first brought you on Thursday. Last week a 14-year-old boy was exposed to the lethal gas cyanide and the family dog died from it. After an investigation by Bannock County they ve recently discovered the devices are being made in Pocatello. It s only been a week since the 14-year-old boy triggered a cyanide trap behind his house. The spewing orange gas could have killed him, but killed his dog instead. Questions and concerns continue to fill the minds of many county residents. Bannock County Sheriff Lorin Nielsen says, “The more I dig on this, the more concern I get on why is this even being done?”

Through the new information learned in the county s investigation, “Another issue is that these things are made here in Pocatello. Magdala Louissaint asked Nielsen, That is true? He says, That is true.” This led KPVI to find out what s going on behind the doors of the USDA building in Pocatello. We rang a door bell. KPVI News Reporter, Magdala speaks with a man who says he s security. She says, Hi I was wondering if I could speak to someone, Todd Sullivan or anyone that works here, in regards to cyanide traps? The security guard says, Oh… all the people are out of the office today. You’ll have to come back on Monday.”

Not too far from Idaho State University s campus on 2nd and Dillion Street sits the U.S. Department of Agriculture building. KPVI spoke with a former employee on the phone who wishes to stay anonymous. They tell us, they ve made half a million of cyanide capsules. They say the sodium cyanide is bought and is 25 pounds. Material Handlers working in the building grind up the lethal chemical, use a different color dyes for tracking purposes, and put one gram of the cyanide into a capsule that s eventually connected to the trap. They also say, the Pocatello factory is the only in the U.S. that displaces the cyanide capsules to wildlife services. KPVI called the USDA office in Maryland and the Eastern District Supervisor, Todd Sullivan, to confirm but no answer. Sheriff Nielsen says, they ll be wrapping up their investigation very soon.

Sergeant retires after 28 years

After almost three decades of service, Sgt. Barry Bruce has made a mark on Cabarrus County and the community has made its mark on him. But the time has come to hang up the badge. Bruce officially announced his retirement from the Cabarrus County Sheriff s Office at the Monday, March 20, Board of Commissioners meeting. He will cap off his 28 years of service with his final day Saturday, April 1.

It s a tremendous feat in and of itself to be here that long and see the many changes and the impacts that folks like Sgt. Barry Bruce have made not only at the sheriff s office but on the citizens of Cabarrus County, Sheriff Brad Riley said. I would venture to say that if he had the opportunity to talk about some of the changes he s been through, 30 years, it s almost a total opposite of where he started 30 years ago. But Barry has been a fantastic employee.

Bruce joined the U.S. Army Reserves in 1979 after graduating high school, also serving time with the West Virginia International Guard and security police wing. He graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with his degree in criminal justice and began at the sheriff s office in 1989.

He has been a true blessing, Riley said. He always brings a voice of reason and a good heart, just a kind person, to every situation, and I just wish we had many more like him. Going out the door, I know that he s the kind of person and he s told me if you ever need me, feel free to call on me. Barry s one of the first people that if you ever earn any accolades along the way, he s the first one to bring you a small gift and token of appreciation. In 2003, he helped implement a motorcycle brigade for the department, seeking out grants to fund the initiative. Bruce is a member of several community organizations and is active in motorcycle safety courses.

He s just a big-hearted fellow, Riley said. He s going to be greatly missed. I ve always considered him to be a good friend of mine. He s one of those individuals that you love to work alongside of, never complains about anything you give him. Bruce seemed to have the same mix of emotions, getting a little misty-eyed as he bid farewell to commissioners.

I said I wasn t going to tear up, but I might anyway, he said. I ve met a lot of good people here, made a lot of good friends. I just want to say thanks to the citizens of this county for allowing me to serve in this position that I ve served in.

I m going to miss a lot of people, a lot of people in this building and the sheriff s office. But there comes a time when you have to step out, and this is my time.