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Scammers claim to have placed explosives in businesses; Find your way in Gresham with new signs

FBI warns of new bomb threat scam

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is investigating a new scam that is falsely threatening businesses and institutions across Oregon.

In each case a message warns that someone has planted bombs within the target organization and that if anyone attempts to contact the police, the bombs will be detonated remotely. The scammers then demand a payment of $5,000 to $20,000 to be made through email or a cryptocurrency address. The messages also include death threats to the victims and their families.

So far the targets have been internet service providers, education institutions and health care providers.

If you receive a similar threat, the FBI recommends you do not pay the ransom and notify them through the Internet Complaint Center, ic3.gov

Deputies investigate Wood Village shooting, burglary

Law enforcement is investigating a shooting and burglary that both took place in Wood Village in the early hours of Friday morning, Oct. 22, that may be related.

At 3:30 a.m., Multnomah County Sheriff's deputies responded to Northeast Halsey Street and Birch Avenue in Wood Village on reports of a shooting. Deputies did not find evidence of gunfire, but 45 minutes later received reports a nearby home was struck by bullets. The occupants, who were at home during the shooting, were not injured.

As deputies continued to search for evidence, they found a home on Birch Avenue with its front door open. They used the public address (PA) system on their vehicles to call for anyone inside to exit the building. After no response, deputies found one person inside. According to that individual, several firearms were stolen from the home.

The MCSO said at this time it is unknown whether the crimes are related. No arrests have been made.

Find your way in Gresham

The city of Gresham has installed a new series of signs and trail markers along one of the most popular pedestrian routes in the community.

The new signage now runs all along the Wy'East Way path, which runs through the heart of Gresham and Rockwood by connecting the Cleveland MAX Station and the Ruby Junction Station. The signs help distinguish the route, while directing people toward parks, city facilities and other pathways like the Gresham-Fairview Trail and Springwater Corridor Trail.


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