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Oregon courthouse bomb threat tally rises to 28

By KTVZ.COM news sources
Published On: Nov 20 2012 04:27:31 PM CST

SALEM, Ore. -

Oregon State Police said Tuesday that 28 of Oregon's 36 county courthouses received telephoned bomb threats Monday afternoon and they are investigating the various calls in hopes of finding the culprits.

Monday afternoon brought multiple reports of phoned bomb threats directed to several different locations, including 28 courthouse facilities and the Oregon Public Service Building in Salem.

The OSP's Criminal Investigation Division and Oregon Judicial Department are coordinating a review of the threats to determine their connection with reported incidents inside and outside Oregon. OJD is asking trial court administrators to assess operational impacts.

Anyone with information regarding the bomb threats that were phoned in on Monday between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. is asked to contact their local sheriff's department.

None of the calls were directly made to the court but were received by other courthouse employees. OJD confirmed the following courthouse locations were targeted:

* Baker County
* Benton County
* Clatsop County
* Crook County
* Curry County
* Deschutes County
* Gilliam County
* Grant County
* Jackson County
* Jefferson County
* Klamath County
* Lake County
* Lane County
* Lincoln County
* Malheur County
* Marion County
* Morrow County
* Multnomah County
* Polk County
* Sherman County
* Tillamook County
* Umatilla County
* Union County
* Wallowa County
* Wasco County
* Washington County
* Wheeler County
* Yamhill County

Twenty-two of the 28 locations reported evacuations while responding law enforcement personnel conducted area checks for any suspicious objects. All reports were unfounded.

Tips can also be reported to Oregon State Police via email to crimetips2OSP@state.or.us. Information should have as much detail as possible and contact information.

Tips should include specific details including the type of case and information related to the criminal investigation.

Even though tips may be received anonymously, those providing tips are encouraged to give contact information for follow-up by the investigator(s), if needed.

At this time, OSP is aware of media reports of similar incidents reported Nov. 15 in Washington and Nov. 2 in Nebraska.

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