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Santa Clara man suspected of threatening state Sen. Leland Yee arrested by CHP

11:03 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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SANTA CLARA COUNTY, CA - The bomb squad removed explosives from home of a man suspected of threatening a state senator when homemade explosives were found inside; SWAT was then cleared to continue the search.

Bay Area State Senator Leland Yee, D-San Francisco, said he received threats based on his gun control legislation four weeks ago. The threat was given to the California Senate Sergeant in arms Tony Beard Jr., who then turned it over to the CHP to investigate.

Beard said his office has been monitoring the situation and raised the threat level.

"In his case, he alleged that he might want to harm someone and that is something that would catch our interest," Beard said.

CHP arrested Everett Basham, 45, after search of a home in Santa Clara turned up explosive materials and a loaded gun inside a car. CHP Sgt. Sean Kennedy said the search warrant was served around 12:45 p.m. on Tuesday and Basham was arrested about two hours later at another home in Sunnyvale.

When SWAT entered the home in Sunnyvale, they saw items that were consistent with homemade explosives; crews then called for the bomb squad. The Santa Clara Sheriff's Bomb Squad came to assist in the search and render the home safe for entry by officers.

Basham was arrested for illegal possession of a concealed fire arm, possession of manufactured explosives, possession of chemicals used for the purpose to create explosives and threat to a public official, Kennedy said. He is being held in Santa Clara County Jail without bail.

Basham's home was surrounded by security cameras, radio towers and satellite dishes that neighbors said he constantly checks.

Yee is holding a press conference Thursday morning to talk about the threat.


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