Truckstop employee accused in anthrax hoax

| 10/31/2001

An Indiana truckstop employee is accused of perpetrating an anthrax hoax at the travel plaza. The truckstop was not closed during the investigation.

David W. Jones, of Alexandria, was arrested last week for allegedly leaving a powdery substance and a message stating that it was anthrax in the men's restroom at Hoosier Heartland Truck Plaza at Interstate 69 and Indiana 28 in Gaston.

Police responding to a call about possible anthrax at the truckstop closed the restroom and called for the local hazmat response team. Authorities now believe Jones is responsible for other anthrax threats received at the business in recent weeks as well, the Anderson Herald Bulletin reported.

If convicted, Jones faces up to four years in prison and a $15,000 fine. Other charges may be filed.