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SCHWEINFURT, Germany — A new commander was put in place for the U.S. Army Health Clinic in Schweinfurt on Tuesday at a ceremony on Ledward Barracks.

Lt. Col. Daniel Dücker will succeed Col. Louis Smith, the outgoing commander, in commanding the clinic.

Dücker assumed control of the clinic following his assignment as the deputy chief of staff and command executive officer with the European Regional Medical Command.

MWR worker arrested for suspicious packageHEIDELBERG, Germany — A 36-year-old man was arrested, and the Heidelberg Shopping Center shut down for 2½ hours Tuesday after gate guards noticed a suspicious box in the man’s car.

The man, a Morale, Welfare, and Recreation employee, was charged by German police with some sort of misconduct and released, according to Michael Mowrer, a U.S. Army Garrison Heidelberg spokesman.

The incident began at about 1:30 p.m., Mowrer said in a Wednesday news release, when a Pond guard noticed a box “with wires leading out of it.”

Mowrer declined to say he didn’t know what actually was in the box, but another source said it had wires and car parts and that the MWR employee had indicated, sarcastically, that it might be a bomb.

The man was detained. Heidelberg Military Police directed that the shopping center be “locked down.”

Explosive ordnance personnel responded to the scene and determined the box was not a bomb.

At about 4 p.m. “all clear” was declared, and people were again allowed to enter the shopping center.

Mowrer said the man’s base privileges have been temporarily suspended. He faces possible U.S. discipline for a suspected false bomb threat, Mowrer said.

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