By Associated Press • 

24 counties targeted with suspicious letters

“Storm was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed,” a trooper said. “He told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.”

Sheriff’s offices across much of the state received envelopes containing rambling, incoherent messages Monday.

Sheriff Glenn Palmer of Grant County went to a hospital to be examined after he experienced a physical reaction. However, the FBI said tests run at a state lab detected no biological toxins in any of the letters or envelopes.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service both mounted investigations, but said they don’t anticipate pursuing federal charges unless new information surfaces.

Lt. Bill Fugate of the state police said it would be up to local district attorneys to decide whether to file charges. He said harassment and menacing, both misdemeanors, might apply.

In addition to Grant and Yamhill counties, letters were received in Baker, Columbia, Coos, Douglas, Gilliam, Harney, Jackson, Jefferson, Klamath, Lake, Lane, Linn, Marion, Polk, Sherman, Tillamook, Union, Umatilla, Wasco, Wallowa and Wheeler counties.

Capt. Chris Ray of the Yamhill County Sheriff’s Office said the local letter was turned over to the state police unopened.

Authorities advised people to exercise caution with letters or packages featuring excessive postage, extra tape, misspelled words, an incorrect name or title, a title with no name, a missing return address, any crystallization, or a strange stain, discoloration or odor.

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