- Associated Press - Friday, October 10, 2014

ST. HELENS, Ore. (AP) - Police say three people have been accused of phoning bomb threats to the courthouse in Columbia County. Police say two of them had court hearings they hoped to avoid.

St. Helens Police Chief Terry Moss tells KGW-TV (https://bit.ly/1vXBFv0 ) the courthouse was evacuated after each threat, resulting in fear, disruption and hundreds of hours of lost labor.

Moss says one of the suspects told police three calls were intended to delay hearings, and a fourth was intended just to confuse investigators.

The suspects were arrested Friday on charges of disorderly conduct, initiating a false report and obstructing governmental administration.

The three were identified as 21-year-old Kendra Ann Lee of Deer Island, 41-year-old Jo Anne Tillman of Scappoose and transient 25-year-old Johnnie Lee Gonzales.

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Information from: KGW-TV, https://www.kgw.com/

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