CANYON CITY – The Oregon State Police and multiple partners are conducting a statewide investigation after multiple government offices around the state received suspicious mail. Envelopes containing an unknown substance have been reportedly received at Baker, Harney, Wasco, Jackson, Umatilla and Sherman counties, in addition to Grant County, targeting sheriffs’ departments and county courthouses. Staff at other counties have also been reported ill after coming in contact with the substance. Hazardous Materials Teams and investigators have responded to these reports.
In Grant County, OSP dispatch advised of a white powder incident at the jail and Sheriff’s Office. The powder was in an envelope that was opened by Sheriff Glenn Palmer. Three people were transported to Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day. The office shares a centralized AC system so there could be as many as 12 inmates and additional staff impacted. Detectives are being brought in from Ontario.