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Fort Drum releases statement about unspecified incident on post Monday

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FORT DRUM — Post officials announced Friday that military police were called to the Rhicard Hills community center this week for a criminal incident, though it now appears that no crime occurred.

Christopher P. Grey, spokesman for the Army Criminal Investigation Command, Quantico, Va., said there was a report of an assault Monday morning. However, as police investigated the situation at the center at 8499 Lewis Ave., they determined no crime had taken place. Later, the person who made the claim recanted the statement.

On Friday morning, the garrison commander, Col. Gary A. Rosenberg, issued a statement on the post’s Facebook page that read, “You may have noticed some police tape and the tell tale signs of a police investigation being conducted.”

Since Monday, he said, “speculation has been rampant on the cause” of the police activity.

“First, and most importantly, let me assure you, if there was any danger or threat to your safety it would be my number one priority to alert you all. There is no cause for public safety concern as a result of Monday morning’s investigation,” the statement read, using all-capital letters for emphasis from “it would be my number one priority.”

The colonel wrote that he would not address specifics.

“I ask that you exercise extreme caution in speculating publicly based on what you’ve ‘heard’ from even the ‘most reliable sources’ because folks — there isn’t a more reliable source on police investigations on this post than me, and I’m here to tell, you have no reason to worry,” the statement read.

Col. Rosenberg’s statement can be found at http://wdt.me/TCHbxw.

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