SILIOAM SPRINGS, Ark. (KFSM) -- Philip Hanson, 56, of Siloam Springs, has been arrested in connection with several incidents where "suspicious" white powders were sent to businesses in Siloam Springs, according to police.
He was booked into the Benton County Jail early Monday morning. He's being held without bond for federal investigators.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, since Oct. 12 approximately 30 letters containing a white powdery substance have been received by individuals or businesses in Northwest Arkansas, including Northside Elementary School.
Powdery substances were also sent to several banks in the Siloam Springs area and Daysprings Cards, a Christian greeting card maker. In each case, the substance turned out to be non-harmful or household substances.
Because the substances were sent by US Mail the FBI is taking over the investigation. Police have not said what Hanson is charged with or how he is connected to the crimes.
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