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Tuesday, May 06, 2008

St. Paul / City worker charged in workplace threats

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Blogger Bob said...

Witness feared danger to water, power
By Mara H. Gottfried
mgottfried@pioneerpress.com
Article Last Updated: 05/06/2008 12:32:22 AM CDT


A St. Paul public works employee threatened to shut down the city's water and electrical system and to bring a gun to work to shoot his supervisor and others, prosecutors alleged Monday.

David M. Feig, 49, told police he was angry with his boss and the city over a workers compensation claim, according to a complaint filed by the Ramsey County attorney's office. He said he recently was disciplined at work and had a lawsuit pending against the city.

Feig was charged with two counts of making terroristic threats.

Police were sent to a sewer maintenance building at 419 Burgess St. on Friday.

The complaint gave this account of what happened next:

An employee said she heard Feig yelling in the parking lot that he was going to kill his boss, her, co-workers and then himself. She said he had a gun and had threatened to destroy the city's water and electrical infrastructure.

Police confirmed with the Public Works Department that Feig, of Downing, Wis., had access to blueprints and limited computer access to the city's water and electrical system. He also had keys at the Public Works building "to access buildings that control parts of the water and electrical systems," the complaint said.

However, Public Works Department spokeswoman Shannon Tyree said Monday that Feig "had no access to any critical systems." Tyree declined to comment further.

According to the complaint, the co-worker said Feig had become "in her opinion, delusional and paranoid because of drug abuse."

"She stated he is capable of carrying out his threats and was 'a time bomb waiting to go off,' " the complaint said.

Police got a search warrant and searched Feig's home in Dunn County, Wis. They found a small amount of marijuana and nine firearms, including a loaded revolver.

Feig was arrested Friday and, when interviewed by police at the Ramsey County Jail, said he had "access on a day-to-day basis to sensitive areas of the city's public works," the complaint said.

He first denied threatening to shoot anyone, but later said "he did make the threat to more than one person," the complaint said. "He said he mentioned about shooting people, but he was 'p—ed off.' He said he also said to co-workers that he felt like bringing his gun in and shooting people. He stated his threats were just 'f—ing around' and stupid."

Feig has worked for the city for about 15 years and is a public works technician in the sewer division, Tyree said.

Mara Gottfried can be reached at 651-228-5262.

2:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

everyone id delusional and paranois except the Repkes and Erics of the world!

2:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He's a Wisconsonite, why is he working for the city of Saint Paul.

He admitted to the threats. He needs to be in jail and have his guns removed when he gets out. He can keep the weed.

Eric

3:52 PM  
Blogger Swiftee said...

Just watch the public employee union go to work, now.

There's a better than 50\50 chance this asswipe will be reinstated.

4:12 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But what about back pay? Did you forget that part Swiftee?

7:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Umm, he's going to be prosecuted for bringing a gun on the property where guns are banned. He will be prosecuted for threatening an employee. He will be prosecuted for contributing to a threatening and hostile workplace.
AFSCME had more employee threatened by this dingus.

I expected you to stand up for his right to pack heat.

Eric

8:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

He does have a right to "pack" Eric, but no right to threaten people.

12:38 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Again, Eric doesn't get the facts right when he said, "Umm, he's going to be prosecuted for bringing a gun on the property where guns are banned."

No the gut is being prosecuted for threats. The guy threatened to bring a gun to work. Big difference, but so much for the facts.

There is another side to this story. I have never been to a fight where it did not take two. The supervisor has some explaining to do as well.

5:46 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

12:38
We do not have a right to carry firearms, hence the permission needed to obtain a permit. Which one of your other rights do you need permission for- unless you've already violated them? None. This is a discussion for another time as city and county property has legally banned guns.

5:46am
Here's the sentence you missed:
"She said he had a gun and had threatened to destroy the city's water and electrical infrastructure. "

I read that as she saw it. She was describing to the police what she saw and heard in the parking lot.

Don't be so quick to disagree with me just because its me. You'll find yourself more wrong than right.

Eric

7:50 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Eric writes - He's a Wisconsonite, why is he working for the city of Saint Paul.

I would guess it's because you can get a better home for the money, better government officials and less taxes in WI. But again, that's just a guess.

Jonathan

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Everything but jobs- huh?

Eric

12:06 PM  
Blogger Swiftee said...

Guns are banned from court buildings, schools and jails.

All other public buildings are legal to carry into if you have a carry permit.

One exception.

In order to carry in the State Capital or grounds, you must notify the Capital Security division, in writing, seven working days before you enter the premises armed.

12:38 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Take a trip to the library, any rec center and the Water Department and tell me what that signs says on the door.

Eric

1:01 PM  
Blogger Swiftee said...

Rec. centers are something I need to research, but if it's a publicly owned building, and it's not full of convicts, students or judges I don't care what it says.

3:16 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The law doesn't allow municipalities to ban guns on the property in which they operate (libraries, city hall, county building, Fire Houses, Public Works building, Water Dept.)?

Eric

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jonathan at 11:06 AM

Your answer is the best so far.
St.Paul City Government never wants to pay anybody for any health problem, that accurse from working for them.
The city gets people peed off often, but if the city screws people that's OK -- right Chuck.
The city always have their gestapo Nazi like police force to do their dirty work for them.
We all had our day with this two face St.Paul Government, someone will lie and the city can get 10 people
to back up their lie.
Right Chuck.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Some of our police that carry a gun at work, think that they are warriors when they are off duty.
Why do you thing these police officers are so mean, they can get away with anything they do.
They can just say others are schizophrenia, paranoia or delusional.
Does anyone agree.

8:16 PM  
Blogger Swiftee said...

"The law doesn't allow municipalities to ban guns on the property in which they operate..?"

No; why would it?

If someone is licensed to carry in public places, he's licensed to carry in public buildings unless a an overriding safety issue can be proven.

Jails and courtrooms (there are others as well, but I don't have my list at hand) obviously fall into that catagory.

Personally, I think the prohibition for schools is based upon nothing more than hysteria, and may be changed over time.

Anyone can prohibit the possession of firearms on private property by displaying a sign, but public offices that do so are dreaming.

10:34 AM  

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