Woman to face civil charge in powder-throwing case

By: The Associated Press


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) _ A Providence woman who allegedly threw a white powder inside the U.S. attorney’s office, prompting an evacuation, is facing a civil violation charging her with disturbance on federal property.         

The office says 55-year-old Coalatta Cooper will be called to appear in U.S. District Court at a date that hasn’t yet been determined.          

Authorities say Cooper entered the 8th floor reception area Wednesday morning, talked to a federal security officer and then threw the powder. A preliminary investigation indicates she went to the U.S. attorney’s office to discuss a “personal legal matter.” It’s not immediately known who is representing her.         

Spokesman Jim Martin says preliminary tests on the substance show it was most likely baby powder.

Four people, including Cooper and the officer, were taken to Rhode Island Hospital as a precaution.

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