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Patrick Knauf
Patrick Knauf

The man who was arrested for a bomb scare Wednesday at Heartland Aviation has been released on a $3,000 signature bond.

Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015.

The threat was made after 5 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a brief appearance at Heartland.

The building was sealed off, and a thorough search by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire Fire Department was made. No bomb was located, and Heartland Aviation has resumed normal operation.

The police department says this appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no additional threat to the public.

Heartland Aviation sits adjacent to Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, located in the city of Eau Claire and the southernmost part of Chippewa County.

Investigation into the matter continues, and Knauf has yet to be formally charged. He is scheduled to return to court on April 19.

According to the Chippewa County district attorney’s office, Knauf participated in a public demonstration at the airport on Feb. 28 and/or March 2. Individuals with information about Knauf’s statements or conduct at those demonstrations are asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department’s confidential tipster line at (715) 839-4982.

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(20) comments


Does this still fall under peaceful protesting?


Bomb threat at a airport, federal prison is around the corner for this terrorist.


A 947 code violation is considered "Crimes against public peace, order and other interests".


I absolutely hate what the republicans are doing- AND
I am anti Union and that choice is mine and should effect ONLY ME- if "you" want a union representing you-fine

THERE IS NO WAY THIS GUYS BEHAVIOR IS ACCEPTABLE- I don't like curmudgeon Republicans or scotty walker and to make my feelings known, I voted against "Them"- thats all the threatening a person who disagrees with you should be enabled.

If bomb threats were permissible Im pretty sure Id be at risk of injury for posting what i do here


Please tell us more about this guy? Did he work? Where? Is he a union member?


He was a plumber then became a nurse, sounds like a classic liberal to me. He worked at Extendicare as a nurse technician, looks like it's time yo have a career change.


Alot of people sure mess up their lives by just not stopping to think of the consequences.


Haven't heard from Merlin yet today. hmmmm.


How or why in the H did he get out on bond? This is one issue that L and R can unite on.


Rainmaker- thank you

I needed a grin this morning..


Theres a lot of violent people out there we should be keeping our eyes on including Democrat Congressman Michael Capuano who wants to bloody anyone that don’t agree with him fits right in with a lot of Obama’s cohorts. He should get right along with Obama’s Philly Black panthers that want to prevent whites from voting and kill little white cracker babies. Make this creep drive a Volt so he cant get away. teapartiers I can’t hear you at



Mike Capuano actually said “I’m proud to be here with people who understand that it’s more than just sending an email to get you going. Every once and awhile you need to get out on the streets and get a little bloody when necessary,” Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Ma.) told a crowd in Boston on Tuesday rallying in solidarity for Wisconsin union members

WOW- you have the same problem as the gov- NOT lettin facts get in the way of your story

try again & research yer claim b4 making it


Lock this moron up, send a message to the rest of the drum beating, solidarity chanting, drool dropping, Berkeley burnout that think (ooops, my bad, they DON'T think) that the love in at the granite big top is going to do anything other than to make the Jesse Jackson Cause of the Month Club, these losers cause over five million in law enforcement overtime, millions in clean up to the building, and they just go on acting like they won. They didn't, never have, never will, never, ever, ever, ever!


inCORRESTTHINKING- America isn't easy. America is advanced citizenship. You've gotta want it bad, 'cause it's gonna put up a fight. Let's see you listen to a man whose words make your blood boil, who's standing center stage and advocating at the top of his lungs that which you would spend a lifetime opposing at the top of yours."

then -- you can claim to be an american and be my equal
but until then I demand they let people like you speak- its important to know who and where the threats are


ive noticed that ACMA-IM-A-NUTJOB from Iran or that mope MOMAR from Libya & Hugo in Venezuela posess the exact social and governmental values and ethics as do you- does that make you ELITE or dangerous.

(5 million in OT) - living in yer democracy is expensive and worth every SINGLE CENT- I noticed you want really nice things BUT REFUSE to pay for them. You want food/dont want to pay the man who grows it. You want nice paved roads, sidewalks, tap water oil and gas and schools again for free...


Alan, the only threat to a civil you.


incorrectthinker & leon-iwann-be=boyking-

indepenadent thinkers are dangerous to people who cant/dont think

NOTICEABLE was the accurate characterization of your OPINIONS by my post.

See- I dare you to respond- maybe one of these days accidentally you'll say or think something that is relevant or accurate or truthful. I dare you to keep posting- I would NEVER ask or INSIST that you shut up -- I suppose thats because I am more american than either of you- you seem a little ... unamerican


when a misspelled or capitalized letter or word is what you take issue with in my post-you concede my point as being Superior accurate AND CORRECT-
I suggest that a closed mind-be accompanied by a closed mouth-thats NOT saying you cant speak- it means if you can open your mouth and talk-then OPEN your ears and listen.

if your mind is closed so then too should be your mouth.

Merlin-COUNTYRES twice last year convinced me to change my own opinion by me offering theirs.


Alan, perhaps we should speak with the people who allow you to play with a computer to remove your day pass and keep you in your room so you don't annoy the rest of us with your written manure. As far as who is more American, you lose badly on that one, I'm happy to put my resume up against yours any time genius, again, when the tough decisions are needed, you can be counted as a clueless crusader who offers nothing, has nothing, and is nothing.


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