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Sheriff closes Polk County courthouse due to suspicious package

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The Polk County courthouse was evacuated Thursday morning after this unidentifed bag was left in front of the building. (Polk Co. Sheriff's Office) The Polk County courthouse was evacuated Thursday morning after this unidentifed bag was left in front of the building. (Polk Co. Sheriff's Office)
DALLAS, OR (KPTV) -

The Polk County courthouse was closed Thursday morning after a staffer discovered a suspicious bag left on the front steps of the building.

According to the Polk County Sheriff’s Office, a courthouse worker found the bag on the steps around 7:40 a.m. and the sheriff’s office was immediately notified.

After no one in the building claimed the bag, the courthouse was evacuated and closed.

The Salem Police Department Bomb Squad responded to the scene to assist. They were able to scan the bag and a technician was able to clear it from the building.

Deputies reopened the courthouse just before 10:20 a.m.

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