NEW INFORMATION: Man with suspicious vehicle not charged after bomb scare

MONROE COUNTY (WEAU) - The Monroe County District Attorney says the man who had non-explosive devices in his vehicle, causing the evacuation of four blocks and shut down in a section of Tomah, will not be charged.

District Attorney Daniel Cary says while the non-explosive items found in Edward Kruger's car appeared to be items used in explosive devices, after further investigation by officers, ATF agents and members of the Dane County Bomb Squad, this was proven to not be the case.

Cary says he's unable to note any criminal statute violated by Kruger related to the materials that would involve endangering the public's safety so he is unable to file any criminal charges at this time.

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MONROE COUNTY (WEAU) - Tomah police say they have cleared a vehicle they thought had explosives inside of it. Turns out, the items were non-explosive.

Wednesday afternoon, Tomah police evacuated four blocks and shut down a section of the city after an officer heard a beeping noise coming from the trunk of the suspicious vehicle.

Police say it was a battery-operated device set to beep intermittently.

Police say the car was found parked near the First Bank of Tomah around 3:50 p.m.

Lt. Ron Waddell says when the officer looked inside the car, he saw what could be items used to make an explosive device.

The Dane County Bomb Squad was called to the scene to assist in removing the items from the vehicle.

Police say the scene was cleared around 2 a.m. Thursday.

Now, the department says the vehicle is registered to Edward Kruger.

Kruger was found to be in possession of suspicious materials, which led officers to believe that he may be in possession of suspicious devices.

Kruger told officers he had made explosive devices within 3 to 4 months of April 20th. He also said he had printed materials related to such items.

The Tomah Police Department says Kruger was referred to the Monroe County District Attorney for carrying a concealed weapon in his vehicle. Officers say he has a history with the department.

As of Thursday morning Kruger was not in the Monroe County jail.

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  • by Bob on Jul 11, 2011 at 05:09 PM
    "Kruger was found to be in possession of suspicious materials, which led officers to believe that he may be in possession of suspicious devices." Did they really say that?
  • by Norma Location: Eau Claire on Jul 11, 2011 at 04:49 PM
    Carrying a concealed weapon in your vehicle is a crime? I thought carrying an uncased weapon in your vehicle was a crime. Is Tomah part of the State of Wisconsin?
  • by SylvesterCat Location: Eau Claire on Jun 24, 2011 at 09:07 AM
    A suspicious vehicle with suspicious materials thought to contain suspicious devices? That all sounds very.........sorry, had to wipe the spit off my keyboard......funny. (Funny strange, not funny ha ha)
  • by Anonymous on Jun 23, 2011 at 11:41 AM
    ooooohhh so they found a vehicle with devices in it?!?!
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