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Update: Second Suspect Arrested in Woodburn Explosives Investigation
Tuesday, December 16, 2008, interagency team investigating the killing of two Oregon police officers, critical injury to a police chief and injury to a bank employee arrested a second person.
Bruce Turnidge, age 57 of rural Salem, was arrested at approximately 11:30 a.m. for the crimes of Conspiracy to Manufacture an Explosive Device and Conspiracy to Possess an Explosive Device. He will be lodged at the Marion County Correctional Facility. Mr. Turnidge is the father of Joshua Turnidge, who was arrested on Sunday night, December 14, 2008.
The arraignment of Bruce Turnidge will be Thursday, December 18, 2008, at 8:00 a.m. at the Marion County Court Annex located at 4000 Aumsville Hwy, Salem, Oregon. The defendant will be personally present in court; not on video. The Court will allow only 1 video camera in the courtroom; media agencies will be required to share the feed. The Court will allow still cameras but flashes are forbidden and photographers will not be allowed to move about the Courtroom. Any questions on media access to the Courtroom should be referred either to Trial Court Administrator Diane Morse or Court Staff Supervisor Gina Courson.
Joshua Turnidge was arraigned this morning before Circuit Judge Joseph V. Ochoa on a 13 count district attorney's information charging Manufacture of a Destructive Device, Possession of Destructive Device, Assault in the First Degree, Assault in the Second Degree, Conspiracy to Commit Aggravated Murder, two counts of Attempted Aggravated Murder, and six counts of Aggravated Murder. Steven Krasik and Steve Gorham were appointed to represent Joshua Turnidge. Mr. Krasik was present in court. Arraignment on indictment is scheduled for December 26, 2008, at 8:00 AM, also at the Marion County Court Annex. The case was assigned to Marion County Circuit Judge Thomas M. Hart.
Investigators remain very interested in any information the public can provide. Anyone who may have knowledge about these crimes should call the new tip line at 1-888-780-5678. The offer of a $35,000 reward for information leading to the conviction of the person or persons responsible for this crime remains open.
Contact Info: To reach a PIO from the interagency investigation team, media are asked to call the Marion County Sheriff's Office PIO Pager at (503) 370-2181. This information, and all subsequent information, is being released at the direction of the Marion County DA's Office.