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Ex-Solutia engineer indicted on threat

By Sheryl Marsh 340-2437

A retired chemical engineer who was accused of threatening the Decatur Solutia plant in December faces a criminal charge.

A Morgan County grand jury indicted Paul Mark Funk, 69, of 1605 Eastwood Drive S.E. on a charge of making a terrorist threat.

Funk worked for the company more than 37 years before retiring in 2001, according to reports.

Authorities alleged that Funk went to the plant in early December and told a security guard that he was unhappy with Solutia because of its attempts to cut retiree health benefits.

Authorities alleged that Funk told the guard that someone could easily enter the facility and do harm. Also, Funk allegedly told the guard that he had two years of military experience and knew how to use explosives.

After Funk reportedly left the guard shack, the security guard told her supervisor about the incident.

The supervisor elevated security at the plant and ordered the immediate closing of all non-essential gates.

Funk is free on bond, according to Morgan County Jail personnel.

Court officials have not set a date for an arraignment hearing.

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