The upstate N.Y. homes of a former medical director of emergency services at Jones Memorial Hospital, Wellsville, N.Y., were searched Thursday by more than three dozen federal agents in connection with the deadly 2001 anthrax attacks. According to property records, the homes belong to Kenneth Berry, 48, a bioterrorism expert who founded an organization that trains medical professionals to respond to chemical and biological attacks. Hours later, Berry was arrested and charged with assault after an altercation with family members at a New Jersey motel, police said. He was released on $10,000 bail. Attempts by the Associated Press to reach Berry were unsuccessful. Jones Memorial said Berry resigned from the hospital in October 2001.
Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, anthrax-laced envelopes were mailed to news media and government offices, killing five people and sickening 17 others. Authorities confirmed that agents were searching locations in Wellsville and also in Dover Township, N.J., Thursday in connection with the anthrax attacks but declined to release further information. Joseph Pelych, a lawyer who represented Berry in a 1999 forgery case, said he found it hard to believe that Berry would be involved in the attacks. "From what I know, he's a fine, conscientious physician who always had the interest of his patients at heart," Pelych said, adding that he hasn't heard from Berry "in some time." -- by the Associated Press