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New Albany: Comment sparks bomb search near Pelotonia site

A comment made by a volunteer Aug. 11 during the Pelotonia bicycle tour fundraiser for cancer research sparked a brief investigation by the New Albany Police Department and other agencies.

The volunteer was overheard at 11 a.m. on Market Street saying something about a "pressure cooker" while unloading bags of equipment for the event.

The bombs that killed three people and wounded many others at the Boston Marathon were constructed with devices similar to pressure cookers.

The person who overheard the "pressure cooker" comment reported it to the Ohio State Highway Patrol trooper.

The volunteer was detained and the area blocked off until K9 units from the Highway Patrol and Franklin County Sheriff's Office found no threat of explosives.

The volunteer apologized and said the comment was made in reference to the weight of some of the bags.

The volunteer was released and the site was reopened.

No charges have been filed in the incident.

New Albany served as the finish line for one of the Pelotonia routes.

In other recent incident reports from the New Albany Police Department:

* Discover Financial Services, 6500 New Albany Road, on July 26 turned in nine cases of credit-card misuse by former employees.

Interim Police Chief Greg Jones said it is not unusual for Discover to turn in a series of cases at one time.

Jones said Discover handles the infractions in-house, terminating employees if necessary. Discover uses its own security to compile information related to all cases before turning the crimes into the police to investigate, he said.

The thefts occurred between May 2011 and February 2013. All employees were terminated by Discover, according to the police reports.

* Police arrested a 44-year-old man for OVI and failure to drive in marked lanes at 1:54 a.m. Aug. 10 on state Route 605.

* Police arrested a 21-year-old man for OVI, failure to display and failure to register at 7-55 a.m. Aug. 7 on Beech Road at Worthington Road.