- Associated Press - Tuesday, December 1, 2015

HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) - Police arrested a Hermiston man accused of putting a fake bomb in a garbage can.

The East Oregonian reports (https://is.gd/tcHmEn ) police were dispatched Monday after a garbage man found a cardboard box with the words “this is a bomb” written on it. A bomb squad discovered a beer bottle inside the box.

Police charged 23-year-old David Ponce with disorderly conduct and possession of a hoax destructive device. According to police, Ponce told investigators he was trying to play a joke on a relative.

Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Ponce has been arrested or cited dozens of times in recent years. Given all that contact with police, the chief said: “We would hope some common sense would come into his decision making on what is acceptable behavior and what is not.”

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Information from: East Oregonian, https://www.eastoregonian.com

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