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DHS news release

March 4, 2005

Contact: Bonnie Widerburg (503) 731-4180, cell phone (503) 572-7689
Technical contacts: Ed Wright (503 731-4014, cell phone (503) 680-7255 or
Terry Lindsey (503) 731-4014, cell phone (503) 407-4256
Officer Lynn Sly, Bend Police Dept., (541) 388-0170


Officials seek recovery of stolen radiation-containing device

Public health officials at the Oregon Department of Human Services (DHS) are working with local law enforcement seeking recovery of a radiation-containing gauge. It was allegedly stolen from the cab of a truck last night or this morning and reported to Bend Police this morning. The gauge is the same model as one that was lost and recovered last year in the Portland metropolitan area.


Terry Lindsey, DHS radiation protection manager, said the missing equipment is a bright yellow Troxler Model 3440 nuclear gauge. Serial Number 35472, that has two radiation sources, both of which are contained inside a lead shield.

Tampering with the gauge could result in dangerous levels of radiation.


"The gauge is carried in a bright yellow heavy plastic box marked with radiation labels," Lindsey said.

The gauge, used in road construction testing, was chained and locked in the cab of a pickup parked at the Bend Holiday Inn Express, according to Lindsey.


"We are concerned that the gauge could be discarded anywhere by the persons who stole the gauge," said Lindsey. "Anyone who may find this device should not try to open its locking mechanisms. Improper use of the device can result in exposure to dangerous levels of radiation."


When properly used by trained operators the gauge is very safe to use, Lindsey said. Anyone having questions about the device may contact radiation protection staff in DHS at (503) 731-4014.


Photos and information on the gauge and transport container are on the Web  .