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Hazmat team responds to suspicious letter at Clackamas Co. Sheriff's Office

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Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff's Office
OREGON CITY, OR (KPTV) -

A week after 24 Oregon counties received letters described as suspicious, another one showed up addressed to the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office.

A mailroom employee noticed the letter at 10 a.m. Thursday.

It was similar to the other letters sent to sheriff's offices around the state that led to an Oregon State Police and FBI investigation.

Investigators said no substances were found on any of the letters, however deputies said one person who opened a letter last week had to be hospitalized. Because of that, and out of concern for the possibility of a "copycat," the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office contacted the hazardous material response team.

Hazmat workers with Clackamas Fire District #1 tested the area and the letter and found no substance of concern. The letter was secured in a hazardous-materials bag and will be turned over to OSP.

The postmark on the letter was July 25, the same day as the other suspicious letters. The letter to Clackamas County had a forwarding sticker.

The sheriff's office reports its mailing address recently changed so that all mail goes to a secure location.

The mailroom is located in Oregon City near the Clackamas County Jail, in a separate building from the main sheriff's office headquarters. The change was made so that mail can be sorted in a secure environment and if anything suspicious is found, only that building will need to be evacuated.  

A 34-year-old Eugene man was taken into custody last week in connection to the letters. Police said Lance Storm told investigators the letters were not intended to cause alarm and he denied including any harmful substances.

A motive for the letters was not released. The case was forwarded to the offices of several district attorneys for consideration of criminal charges.

The letters were received in the following counties: Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa, Coos and now Clackamas.

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