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Multiple Oregon Courthouses Reported Bomb Threats Monday Afternoon; All Reports Unfounded at This Time
November 19, 2012

Lieutenant Gregg Hastings
Public Information Officer
(503) 731-3020 ext 247
gregg.hastings@state.or.us


Oregon State Police (OSP) received information at this time that 19 locations, including 18 county courthouses and the Oregon Public Service Building in Salem, received phoned in bomb threats Monday afternoon, November 19. These threats appear to be similar to multiple reports received November 15 in Washington State (approximately 8 reports) and November 2 (approximately 9 reports) in Nebraska which were all unfounded.
 
The threats began around 2:30 p.m. and continued for about one hour. The following locations have confirmed with OSP receiving similar threats:
 
*     Crook County
*     Baker County
*     Curry County
*     Benton County
*     Jefferson County
*     Tillamook County
*     Deschutes County
*     Morrow County
*     Grant County
*     Malheur County
*     Wallowa County
*     Umatilla County
*     Marion County
*     Jackson County
*     Klamath County
*     Lake County
*     Union County
*     Jackson County
 
Some of the locations reported evacuations while responding law enforcement personnel conduct area checks for any suspicious objects. Other locations did not evacuated occupants but also conducting area checks. None of the reports have confirmed finding any suspicious objects.
 
The Oregon Public Service Building in Salem received a similar report at approximately 3:00 p.m. The building, which also houses the OSP General Headquarters office, was evacuated and allowed employees back in to their work locations at about 4:00 p.m. after an area check was completed.
 
OSP Hazardous Device technicians did not responded to any locations at this time because of no confirmed findings.
 
All county courthouses fall under the security jurisdiction of each respective county sheriff's department. No other information for release at this time.