By CRAIG MURPHY
Of the Keizertimes
For the second time in less than a week, Keizer Police Department personnel responded to a suspicious package call early Monday morning, May 13.
As was the case May 7 when a similarly suspicious object was found by the water pump station on Cherry Avenue, the Salem Police Department’s bomb squad once again was called in. A robot disrupted the device.
Around 5:30 a.m. Monday, police got a call of a suspicious package at 3625 River Road N., an office building that includes an office for the Attorney General.
“It was a small, plastic, hard shelled case, smaller than a suitcase,” Lt. Lance Inman with the KPD said on the scene. “It was left right in front of the door.”
Capt. Jeff Kuhns with the KPD said the package appeared to be a briefcase – the same type of package found last week in front of the water pump station.
“We erred on the side of caution,” Kuhns said. “There is no known connection with last week’s. There’s no reason at this time to believe they are connected.”
Kuhns noted River Road was closed around 7 a.m. as the robot moved the package down to the bottom of the steps of the business office.
“We’re living in a different day and age,” Kuhns said. “We understand closing a main thoroughfare like River Road is a big deal, but so is the safety of the citizens. Safety is priority No. 1, but we do apologize for the disruption.”
Inman said the package appeared to be empty. No one was injured and River Road was reopened as normal around 8:30.
Kuhns noted the number of suspicious package calls in Keizer varies each year.
“Sometimes we’ll get none in a year,” he said. “To have them twice in a week, I can’t remember the last time it happened or if it ever has.”