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"Possible Homeland Security Situation" Sends Wheeling Police And FBI to Pike Island Locks & Dam

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Wheeling Police and the FBI rushed to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, when four men were seen taking pictures of critical infrastructure. Wheeling Police and the FBI rushed to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, when four men were seen taking pictures of critical infrastructure.
Wheeling Police and the FBI rushed to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, when four men were seen taking pictures of critical infrastructure. Wheeling Police and the FBI rushed to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, when four men were seen taking pictures of critical infrastructure.
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Wheeling Police and the FBI rushed to the Pike Island Locks and Dam, when four men were seen taking pictures of critical infrastructure.

They were on the Ohio River, taking pictures of the Cardinal Power Plant and the Tunnel Ridge coal tipple.

Witnesses said the registration number on the side of their boat was faded and hard to read.

And when the power plant sent a tug boat out to talk to the men, they took off.

"The little boat actually fled from the towboat," noted Deputy Chief Martin Kimball of the Wheeling Police Department.

Wheeling Police officers were on the way.

The boat was headed south through the locks.

So police did some quick thinking.

"We called the locks and had them basically trap them in the lock channel until we could get there to talk to them," said Kimball.

Police and the FBI arrived, and had a talk with the men, who were from the Pittsburgh area.

"As it turns out, it was all over a legal problem," explained Kimball. "Apparently a worker had been injured at the power plant on the barges. And they were conducting an investigation for the plaintiff's attorney, who was on board."

Police say they reacted as if it was a Homeland Security incident because it had the look of one.

"It aroused a lot of suspicion," Kimball explained. "And of course we always ask people, if you see something, say something, and these people did. Not many people are on the river, taking pictures of critical infrastructure."

Police say they are relieved it had an innocent explanation.

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