Bomb threats reported at county courthouses across Oregon

Bomb threats reported at county courthouses across Oregon
The Oregon Public Service Building in Salem was evacuated over a bomb threat on Monday, Nov. 19, 2012. KATU photo.

PORTLAND, Ore. - 28 county courthouses across Oregon, and a state public services building in Salem, received bomb threats on Monday.

The threats came just four days after multiple bomb threats forced several courthouses in Washington state to evacuate, including in Clark County. There were also similar bomb threats made in Nebraska on Nov. 2.

In this instance, the threats began coming in at around 2:30 p.m. and continued for about an hour, according to the Oregon State Police. 22 of the 28 locations were evacuated while the others were not. No suspicious objects were found. Some of the counties that reported receiving threats here in Oregon:

  • Baker County
  • Benton County
  • Clatsop County - Report from The Daily Astorian
  • Crook County
  • Curry County
  • Deschutes County
  • Gilliam County
  • Grant County - Report from MyEagleNews.com
  • Jackson County
  • Jefferson County
  • Klamath County - A caller phoned the county government center in Klamath County at 2:37 p.m. and "indicated there were explosives in the basement of the courthouse set to detonate within 25 minutes," said Undersheriff Jeanette Davidson. Both the government center and the courthouse were evacuated as a precaution, but no explosives were found and employees returned to work, she said.
  • Lake County
  • Lane County
  • Lincoln County
  • Malheur County
  • Marion County
  • Morrow County
  • Multnomah County
  • Polk County
  • Sherman County
  • Tillamook County - Report from the Tillamook Headlight Herald
  • Umatilla County - All clear - no threat found. Call had come in to the courthouse's security department, according to Sgt. John Trumbo with the Umatilla County Sheriff's Office.
  • Union County
  • Wallowa County - Report from the Wallowa County Chieftan
  • Wasco County
  • Washington County - Sheriff's office has cleared the Washington County Courthouse. No threat found.
  • Wheeler County
  • Yamhill County - Report from The Register-Guard

The Oregon Public Service Building in Salem was also evacuated late Monday afternoon after receiving a similar threat. Employees were allowed back in around 4 p.m. The building is across the street from the state Capitol, which was not evacuated.  In addition to the State Police headquarters, it houses offices for the Department of Education and the Secretary of State.

It is unknown at this point whether the threats in the three states are connected.

Anyone with information about the threats is asked to contact their local sheriff's department.