Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

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September 18, 2013

Search for man whose scheme emptied federal building continues

BLUEFIELD — A man who removed his home confinement bracelet and sent it to a local federal building is still being sought by authorities.

Michael Dwayne Cunningham, 51, allegedly cut off his home confinement bracelet and sent it Tuesday to the Elizabeth Kee Federal Building in Bluefield. Employees in the building’s post office heard a beeping noise coming from the package and informed police.

The Bluefield Police Department diverted traffic around the building and the workers there evacuated the building, and a bomb technician squad from the West Virginia State Police Princeton Detachment was able to safely open the package. It contained a home-confinement electronic monitoring bracelet.

Cunningham is currently wanted on a charge of absconding from home confinement, said Bill Jessee, regional executive director of Southern Regional Community Corrections. Cunningham had been arrested on charges of conspiracy and obtaining money by false pretenses. Home confinement was a condition of his bond.

Jessee said Cunningham may be driving a blue 1991 Mazda pickup truck with the license plate WV 032160.


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