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1997:Bomb threat prompts evacuation of courthouse, though search reveals no explosive devices

CENTRAL OREGONIAN - April 22, 1947: ROCKS AND ROUGH COUNTRY are all in the day's work for the survey crew rushing through the new route for Pacific Power & Light company's power transmission in Central Oregon. Clearing a path through a rock field are, from left, Roeder, Don Agidius and John McFadden, with Froebe at the wheel.

110 years ago

April 25, 1912

Marshfield Jacob Evans, a pioneer Coos County gold miner and rancher, aged 70 years, and the man who knew of the buried Mexican treasure near here, was found shot to death on the floor of his home on South Slough, four bullets having found a billet in his body. He had evidently been shot through a rear glass door of his kitchen, falling on the floor where the slayer left him. The general belief is that he was murdered by someone who tried to secure from him the location of the buried treasure, the search for which has already claimed a previous murder victim.

In connection with the Kimmel case, which recently came up in St. Louis, Evans stated that many years ago, Mexicans buried some treasure near his house, and he thought that the treasure referred to in St. Louis was probably the same one in the search for which Kimmel was killed.

75 years ago

April 22, 1947

A warning was issued from the Prineville Police Department this week that is effective April 28. All motor vehicles within the city limits with defective mufflers or defective lights will be issued citations. The advance notice was given to provide motorists an opportunity to check on the condition of their cars and avoid arrest.

50 years ago

April 27, 1972 Narcotics charges against five Prineville men were dismissed Tuesday in Justice Court as the result of a wrong address in a police report.

Crook County District Attorney Phil Roberts asked that the charge of criminal activity in drugs against Terry Mooney, 20, 1180 Combs Flat Road; Harold Ward, 21, 732 N. Ewen; Lewis A. Sullivan, 23, 318 Markuson; Joseph A. Lehmberg, 20, 841 Crest; and Darwin Harris, 20, 1390 Lynn Blvd. be dropped.

The request came after it was discovered that the address in the police report stated 1520 Lynn Blvd., instead of 1390 Lynn Blvd., Harris' residence, where the arrests took place. The incorrect address resulted in its being used in the charges, which did not state that the address was the residence of Darwin Harris. Although the address was incorrect, the search warrant issued for the March 16 raid by city, county and state law enforcement officers did state that the house entered was Harris' residence.

25 years ago

April 17, 1997

Strips of tape closed the front doors of the Crook County Courthouse Monday morning, after a caller called 9-1-1 emergency dispatch center and warned that a bomb was to go off within 24 hours.

The call, made from a local pay phone, came in seven minutes past 9 p.m. Sunday. The caller warned that a bomb had been placed in a government office. Police officers quickly conducted a search around the outside of the courthouse and all government offices in town. Early Monday morning every office, hallway and space in the courthouse was also thoroughly searched.

BLM and U.S. Forest Service law enforcement officials were notified, and searches were made of their buildings also.

County Judge Fred Rodgers said county employees were called early and told to stay home until all the courthouse had been gone through. "We had to take some precautions but try to not overreact. We spent about two hours going through the entire building, the ground floor to the clock tower."

The caller, identified only as an adult male by police officers, gave no reason for his action. Sheriff Rodd Clark said information about the threat was scarce.


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