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Man facing federal charges after Central Linn bomb threat

Paul Martikainen, 45, was arrested in Bryson City, North Carolina.

Posted: Nov 7, 2019 5:05 PM
Updated: Nov 7, 2019 6:24 PM

LINN COUNTY, Ore. – A suspect has been identified after a bomb threat was made at Central Linn High School, and deputies say the man is accused of making similar threats across the country.

Paul Martikainen, 45, was arrested in Bryson City, N.C.

He is accused of calling in a threat at 9:45 a.m., Oct. 29, causing Central Linn to go into lockdown for several hours.

The Linn County Sheriff’s Office said the caller referenced a bomb and deputies searched the school and the grounds but didn’t find anything suspicious. About three hours after the call the lockdown was lifted.

During the lockdown deputies said parents were not allowed to pick up their children in an effort to preserve the scene and keep children safe during the search. Parents were informed of the situation, they said.

Deputies traced the phone number back to an address in Warrenton, Va., and learned similar threatening calls were made from the same number to New York Fire Departments and other government agencies throughout the nation, including others in Oregon.

The Federal Bureau of Investigations is working on the case.

Martikainen is facing federal charges.

The New York Police Department and Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office in Virginia assisted Linn County deputies.

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