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Shannon Miller’s ex-husband was arrested for liking dangerous chemicals…


And you thought your ex was crazy...

Yesterday, weird news surfaced that Shannon Miller's ex-husband was arrested in Canada after being linked to a large batch of dangerous chemicals, which probably means he was just a fledgling black market fracking fluid salesman.

From via the AP:

A 42-year-old man was arrested at an Ottawa hotel Wednesday following an overnight investigation linked to the discovery of what police said were dangerous chemicals 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) away in the Halifax area of Nova Scotia.

The type and extent of the chemicals were not immediately disclosed. But authorities considered them serious enough to evacuate two Halifax neighborhoods and the Ottawa hotel, and the suspect was arrested after negotiations with police, said Ottawa Const. Chuck Benoit. Police later said no hazardous materials were found in Ottawa.

A senior government official said the suspect is a chemist with no known criminal record. The man's current wife notified police because of her concern about his irregular behavior and his travel to Ottawa, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Police declined to release the man's name. However, the business manager of former U.S. Olympic gymnast Shannon Miller said police called Miller to let her know that the suspect was her ex-husband, Christopher B. Phillips. The couple divorced in 2006 after seven years of marriage.

"I'm thankful that the brave men and women of the Ottawa police department and other law enforcement agencies were able to apprehend him and (defuse) the situation without incident," Miller said in a statement released by her manager, Nick Furris.

In all fairness to this guy, I bet being married to a gymnast or acrobat can take its toll. Those high-pitched, elf-like, helium voices get old every four years during the Olympics. Just imagine what it would be like to have one regularly asking you what's for dinner, to help find the remote or take out the trash in the morning? It would probably make you go insane. That's why I think Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci have such a strong marriage. They're desensitized to it all.

Anyway, it's kind of weird to see Edmonds's own Shannon Miller back in the news again. It makes me want to watch old 90210 re-runs. Outside of Garth Brooks, Shannon was probably the biggest star to come out of Oklahoma in the 1990s. She was, in a very non-literal way, huge! Now she's totally out of the public eye. You probably wouldn't even recognize her if she was in front of you in line at Homeland. You'd just think she was a regular old mom wearing very decorative gold and silver jewelry.

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