Gregory Thomas Salyer, Discharged Marine, Faces 8 Years for Drugs, Artillery in JWA Bags

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See Update No. 3 on Page 2 with the charges and possible punishment for Gregory Thomas Salyer. Update No. 2 has the Marines identifying him as a recently discharged corporal and gunner. Update No. 1 has officials describing the allegedly stolen military artillery devices the sheriff's department says were in his luggage.

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ORIGINAL POST, AUG. 27, 4:20 P.M.: A bag scanned at John Wayne Airport this afternoon raised fears there might be explosives inside, prompting evacuations, a grounded plane and delayed flights as authorities sorted things out.

The Orange County Sheriff's Department, whose bomb squad responded to the scene, announced the item was not a threat and normal airport operations resumed around 3:30 p.m.

The drama began around 2 p.m. near Gate 21, where a Frontier Airlines plane bound for Denver was grounded after TSA agents became suspicious about the bag in the Terminal C baggage area, according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock, the agency's spokesman.

There has been some chatter of a grenade being what TSA agents thought they had discovered in the bag, but Hallock denied that.

A search of the plane and all 130 of its passengers and crew on Flight 264 turned up nothing else unusual, but during the operations the area inside and outside the terminal near Gate 21 was evacuated. The Terminal C baggage area was also closed. Bags and passengers were diverted to other areas of JWA.

The sheriff's department tweeted this afternoon that the passenger and bag are in custody and the airport has been deemed safe. It's unclear if any arrests were made.

The incident delayed some Southwest Airlines flights, and anyone bound for the airport for other travel today is encouraged to contact their carriers to make sure those flights are not delayed, according to an airport spokesperson.

UPDATE NO. 1, AUG. 27, 6:18 P.M.: The checked luggage that caused the ruckus at John Wayne Airport this afternoon contained three military artillery fuses and a less-lethal grenade sting ball, according to Orange County sheriff's Lt. Jeff Hallock.

The unidentified 27- 23-year-old passenger who carried the bag was arrested on suspicion of possessing a weapon in an area of the airport where it is not allowed.

Grenade sting balls project small rubber pellets when detonated, but none of the four devices in the bag posed a threat of exploding, Hallock reportedly told City News Service.

Military officials will take possession of the devices, according to Hallock.


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tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

What was he doing with military explosives at a commercial airport?

tongue_twister_for_t
tongue_twister_for_t topcommenter

The civilians and the military are two completely different  entities entirely, they should not have jurisdiction over one another. What do you think? Or should I say know?

Sandy Baumgardner
Sandy Baumgardner

The NBC reporter insisted on calling them "arterial" devices in the TV coverage yesterday...SMH

DaniGirl949
DaniGirl949

"Arrestee"   - SHOULD IT READ ARRESTED?

SanctuaryZer0
SanctuaryZer0

That's my brother. The worst part was that he was coming home to visit us for a while, but so far that's not happening as planned.

signaturebailbonds01
signaturebailbonds01

However it was good that the bag with the explosives were scanned in the bag and none of the things were harmed.

testffej4465
testffej4465

More stupid reactions. By the way - could journalists do their jobs and figure out who was or was not arrested? Especially given the fact they said the items were not in danger of exploding.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@DaniGirl949 No.

ar·rest·eeəˌresˈtē/noun: arrestee; plural noun: arrestees 1. a person who has been arrested.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@SanctuaryZer0  That would have been the worst part.  Imagine him running around your living room juiced on rhoids, zonked on adderall, and waving a grenade around.

MatthewTCoker
MatthewTCoker topcommenter

@testffej4465The reason for, a, failing to do my job yesterday was the sheriff's were withholding the name. They released it this morning: Gregory Thomas Salyer.

 Next time I'll try mind reading.

testffej4465
testffej4465

@MatthewTCoker @testffej4465 My apologies Matt. I guess I thought in a democratic society the people have a right to know what law enforcement and the TSA are up to on a timely basis .I now understand that journalists have to put up with whatever crumbs they get,. when they get them. At least you are doing a good job.

I honestly feel you are a notch above most every journalist covering these TSA events. Most articles - written and TV - never disclose what was found and the journalists never followup or push for an answer.
 
Unfortunately, the TSA is a greater threat to America than any real possibility of some disgruntled person affecting a US domestic flight.

There are a number of ridiculous airport shutdowns over non-threatening people and objects, and the articles never explain the details. In every case, there has been zero legitimate threat - whether arresting an artist with an oversized mechanical watch or finding some random object in a bag at a checkpoint. 

testffej4465
testffej4465

@JGlanton @testffej4465 As JGlanton aptly points out, some people consider constitutional protections as more than a "mere nuisance". For over 51 years, there has never been a suicidal airline passenger with a working non-metallic bomb on a US domestic flight.

Because of this very low level threat and even lower risk, the TSA implemented inch-by-inch scans of one's person. This is a "Stop and Frisk" at airports performed on at least 375 million Americans each year, with 21 million false positives, and 0 detection of any explosive item.

Americans sit in lines much longer than if we had stayed with previously used metal detectors. In other countries, they keep their shoes on (with no discernible problem).

We physically touch wheelchair bound people with criminal coercive touching, including that of girls and boys 13 years or older.

Yeah,. it might be a little more than a "nuisance". I suppose the good news is that the TSA has influenced the NFL (No Female League?) to get rid of purses and use clear plastic baggies like at airport. This enhances NFL customers' security by drastically reducing the hordes of violent and dangerous women attending games -thus keeping the drunks safe.

JGlanton
JGlanton topcommenter

@testffej4465 "Threat to America"???? Really? Life must be good when we categorize a mind-numbing nuisance as a threat to America.

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