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    Bomb squad called to station
    By David Riley/ Daily News Staff
    Monday, July 24, 2006

    FRANKLIN -- The Franklin Police Department has found itself under siege in the past few days, between hackers taking over the official Web site Friday and a bomb scare Saturday night.
    A 44-year-old Franklin man faces a slew of charges after he allegedly dropped a suspicious package in the Franklin Police Station's lobby late Saturday night, causing officers to evacuate the building.
    Daniel E. Kosmenko, of 57 Oak St., was arrested after a brief chase that led into Bellingham and then back into Franklin, ending at McDonald's on East Central Street, according to police.
    At about 11:05 p.m., Kosmenko allegedly entered the police station, dropped the package and then fled in his car, police said.
    According to police logs on the incident, police first evacuated the front lobby and dispatcher area shortly after the package was dropped, and rerouted all 911 emergency calls to the Medway Police Department.
    The station was ordered completely evacuated at about 11:45 p.m., according to police logs.
    A state police bomb squad arrived on the scene at about 12:13 a.m. and the station was deemed safe by 1:08 a.m., according to police.
    Franklin Police initially took Kosmenko to the Medway Police Department, but brought him to Franklin after getting the OK to re-enter their building, according to police.
    Kosmenko is charged with assault, throwing or placing explosives, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace and threatening to commit a crime, police said.
    After fleeing the station, he also faces charges for failing to stop for police, operating to endanger, speeding and a marked lanes violation, police said.
    Franklin firefighters also were called to the scene as backup for the state police bomb squad.
    On Friday, hackers took over the department's Web site, posting anti-American and anti-Israeli sentiments, including graphic photos of what appeared to be the bodies of dead children.
    Posted under the banner "Owned by Red Devil and All Other Arab Hackers," the photographs included a close-up of the face of 6-year-old girl the hackers claimed was killed by Israeli troops.
    Franklin Police said the hacking occurred Friday afternoon. By 7:30 p.m. Saturday, the images had been removed and the site was back to normal.
    No one was available yesterday at the police station to comment on the the bomb threat.
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    ’Bomb’ was just laundry
    By David Riley/ Daily News Staff
    Tuesday, July 25, 2006 - Updated: 01:49 AM EST

    FRANKLIN -- A red light blinked ominously through the open zipper of a small, black leather bag a man dropped in the Franklin Police Station lobby Saturday night.
    However, the bag turned out to contain only dirty laundry and what appeared to be a battery-powered blinker -- the type hooked onto bicycles to help drivers spot riders at night, Deputy Police Chief Stephan Semerjian said yesterday.
    But until a state police bomb squad arrived, police had no way to tell the bag, dropped off around 11 p.m., was what Semerjian called just a "hoax device," and police evacuated the station.
    "They went into high gear and did what they were supposed to do," Semerjian said.
    The deputy chief offered details yesterday of what’s been a long few days for Franklin Police.
    In an unrelated incident Friday, hackers took over the department’s Web site, posting gruesome photos and calling American and Israeli leaders "terrorists."
    The man charged in connection with the bomb scare -- Daniel E. Kosmenko, 44, of 57 Oak St. -- is no stranger to Franklin Police, Semerjian said.
    "We have a whole litany of issues with this individual," Semerjian said. "Unfortunately, whatever his current beef is with the Police Department, he figured he’d get a charge out of it."
    Semerjian declined to further discuss Kosmenko’s past encounters with police. Milford Daily News archives show Franklin Police arrested Kosmenko in March and charged him with domestic assault and battery.
    Semerjian declined to comment on whether Kosmenko offered any reason for his actions.
    Police say Kosmenko led them on a brief car chase to Bellingham, then back to Franklin, where he was arrested at McDonald’s on East Central Street.
    "The cruisers were able to position themselves in such a way they were able to reduce his speed," Semerjian said. "He had no place to go."
    Semerjian said he did not believe Kosmenko was trying to elude capture, but was actually trying to "bring attention to himself."
    "To him, he was on a joyride," Semerjian said. "He was in (it) for the hoot."
    Semerjian said police responded well to the bomb scare, but showed room for improvement in the department’s evacuation plan.
    Primarily, he said police want to set up a way to redirect calls to the station’s business line. All 911 emergency calls were automatically redirected to Medway Police, Semerjian said.
    Police initially evacuated the lobby and dispatch area of the building, and completely evacuated the building about 40 minutes later. Cruisers heading back to the station were redirected to the bus parking lot up the street.
    "There was no compromise of public safety. The radios were up and working and everybody was working," he said. Had the evacuation lasted longer, he said, the department could have obtained a mobile dispatch center.
    Kosmenko was arraigned in Wrentham District Court yesterday morning.
    "Maybe he figured we’d let him keep his clothes," the deputy chief said of the bag’s contents. "Who knows?"

    As for the Franklin Police Web site, Semerjian said the site was hacked through the department’s Web host in Texas. Other accounts handled by the same host had problems too, he said, though he could not provide details.
    "It wasn’t directed at us," Semerjian said.
    It was unclear yesterday where in Texas the Web host is located, and no provider could be reached for comment.
    It took roughly 24 to 30 hours to remove the hacked content from the Web site, and the incident comes as police work to offer more through their site, from police logs to Podcasts, Semerjian said.
    "We just wish we had the ability to take it off the site right away," he said. "It’s certainly not the message we want people to see when they come on our Web site."
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