Oregon police release man who allegedly sent ‘suspicious’ letters to sheriff’s offices

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One of the letters sent to 24 sheriff's offices. (Photo: The Association of Oregon Counties via KPTV/Portland)

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon State Police questioned and released a man who allegedly sent “suspicious” letters sent to two dozen sheriff’s offices this week.

Police said Wednesday 34-year-old Lance Storm, of Eugene, Ore., did not appear violent or dangerous and is not believed to be a threat to the community.

Investigators say Storm was forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters. He told police he did not mean to cause alarm.

Sheriffs around the state reported receiving envelopes containing rambling, incoherent messages Monday.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service say they don’t anticipate pursuing federal charges.

Investigators will forward their report to district attorneys to decide whether state charges are warranted. State police Lt. Bill Fugate says misdemeanor charges of harassment and menacing may apply.

Storm did not return a call seeking comment.

 

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