UPDATED: Courthouse bomb threats called in at 17 Oregon counties

(4:50 p.m.) Jackson County was one of 17 Oregon counties to receive telephoned bomb threats at its courthouses today, making Oregon the third state hit with such mass courthouse bomb threats this month.

Curry, Lake and Klamath counties were also on the list of locations where telephoned bomb threats were received at courthouse buildings, but Josephine County was not, according to the Oregon State Police. The Oregon Public Service Building in Salem also was hit with a threat, OSP said.

The threats began around 2:30 p.m. and continued for about an hour, OSP said.

In Jackson County, a man called the county Elections Office at 2:36 p.m. to say a bomb would explode in 25 minutes in the courthouse.

The old Jackson County Court House at 10 S. Oakdale Ave., was evacuated, as was the Jackson County Justice Center, police said. Both locations were searched and no suspicious items were found, Medford police Lt. Mike Budreau said.

On Thursday, eight counties in Washington had courthouse bomb threats telephoned in a pattern nearly identical to that seen Monday in Oregon, according to news accounts.

Nine similar threats were logged Nov. 2 in Nebraska and two were called in June around Canton, Ohio, reports state.

“I think they’re all going to be related,” Budreau said.

In each state, courthouse employees reported receiving calls from a man who said there was a bomb in the building.

— Mark Freeman

(3:25 p.m.) Jackson County offices in the Old Courthouse and the Justice Center were evacuated just before 3 p.m. after the Elections Office got a call reporting a bomb in the courthouse would detonate 25 minutes after their call.

“We could not find anything that looked suspicious. It looks like it's back open for business," said Lt. Mike Budreau of Medford police

Medford police said similar calls were received in multiple other counties across the state, including Josephine and Klamath counties. Budreau said the incident is still under investigation and couldn't comment on a clear motive.

Medford police Sgt. Derek Parks said officers checked the buildings and workers were allowed back inside.


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