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One-time local YouTube poster 'FedSmoker' dies

A former Sweet Home resident who went by the YouTube handle "FedSmoker" has died, Arizona state police reported last week.

The Havasu (Ariz.) News-Herald reported that "a body found Feb. 9 on State Route 95 in Arizona has been positively identified as that of 53-year-old Conald E. Petersen, a controversial Youtube personality" who once made frequent stops in Sweet Home.

According to the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Peter-sen's body was found slumped in the seat of his vehicle by a passing motorist. Public Safety officials were called to investigate and on Feb. 12 Mohave County Medical Examiners positively identified the victim as Petersen from his driver's license, the News-Herald reported.

According to local news reports, Petersen's cause of death has been ruled as atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease – a condition in which a victim suffers hardening or narrowing of his or her arteries that can ultimately cause heart attacks, strokes and other potentially fatal health complications.

According to the Arizona state Medical Examiner's Office, Petersen was last seen alive at 11 a.m. on Feb. 9. He was pronounced deceased at 11:48.

Petersen caused waves wherever he went, including Sweet Home. Citizens complained about his videoing them and their houses around town.

At least 100 different YouTube accounts have been attributed to Peterson, who gloried in posting videos on social media featuring politically incorrect, generally insulting – and worse – commentary about law enforcement, public officials and others who'd crossed his path. He publicly labeled public officials and other people in his videos as "baby rapers."

He also liked to detail his possible drug use which was behind his handle "FedSmoker."

One webpage warning that Petersen was wanted in Nebraska and had "previous disorderly conduct and assault charges in numerous states," stated: "It seems impossible to find a video of him without profanity, but the point must be made that he is up to NO GOOD."

In the summer of 2016 his recording of a young woman at a Sweet Home gas station led to the arrest of her aunt, a Lebanon woman. The incident, which included an ugly verbal exchange between the two, was typical of many videos, including that one, which Petersen posted on social media.

Petersen traveled the country, including periodic stops in Sweet Home.

At various times he was trespassed from several locations in Sweet Home, including Weyerhaeuser's Foster Mill, McDonald's, the Sweet Home Gleaners and First Baptist Church, Police Chief Jeff Lynn said.

Sweet Home police have had multiple contacts with Petersen, typically suspicious person and suspicious vehicle calls, from people concerned that he was filming, Lynn told The New Era at the time of the 2016 gas station incident.

"We've taken no enforcement action against him."

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