UPDATE: Bomb Threats at Oregon Courthouses

Following Monday afternoon’s multiple reports of phoned bomb threats directed to several different locations, including 28 courthouse facilities and the Oregon Public Service Building in Salem, the Oregon State Police Criminal Investigation Division and Oregon Judicial Department (OJD) are involved in 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 November 19, 2012 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 November 15 in Washington and November 2 in Nebraska.

This entry was posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2012 and is filed under State News.