Suspicious package neutralized in Grand Ronde

GRAND RONDE – A suspicious package was neutralized at 10 a.m. today after it was discovered in the Grand Ronde Tribal mailroom at about 7.

The discovery of the package prompted the closure of Grand Ronde Road. Salem Police Department bomb squad assisted at the scene.

The black PVC package was left on the front deck of the mailroom with a Post-it note underneath it.

It was immediately reported to the Grand Ronde Police Department, who cordoned off the area and contacted Salem PD.

The tribe’s emergency operations team, which was meeting to deal with the Willamina Creek Fire, expanded the exclusion area to more than 1,000 feet and evacuated the Grand Ronde Food Bank, which was within the exclusion area and was scheduled to have a food distribution this morning.

Access to the tribe’s main campus entrance also was closed.

Two robots from the bomb squad were sent in to X-ray the device. Minor damage occurred to the mailroom’s wooden deck when the package was neutralized.

In incident is under investigation.

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