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Suspicious Package Leads to Brief Closure of Governor's Office at State Capitol

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings

Public Information Officer

(503) 731-3020 ext 247


A suspicious package left in an office at the State Capitol Tuesday morning was determined to contain general paper items after Oregon State Police (OSP) Hazardous Device technicians responded and x-rayed the package.

According to Lieutanent Terri Davie, on September 4, 2012 at approximately 10:50 a.m. OSP troopers at the State Capitol responded to a reported suspicios package left by an unidentified man in one of the offices of the Governor. About 20 employees were directed to go to other areas of the building until OSP bomb technicians could safely check to determine what was inside.
At approximately 11:25 a.m. Hazardous Device technicians confirmed the package contained paper items and all displaced employees were allowed to return to their offices.
Later during the day, OSP identified a suspect and took a 48-year old Salem man into protective custody for a mental evaluation. The man was taken to Salem Hospital.