- Associated Press - Sunday, July 19, 2015

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) - A man suspected of leaving a chemical device in the Klamath County Jail has been arrested.

The Herald and News reports (https://is.gd/zvxA7y ) a 34-year-old transient turned himself in at the Klamath Falls police department on Saturday.

Detective Eric Shepherd say Jerald Lynn Chasteen is being held on a misdemeanor charge of possessing a “hoax, destructive device.”

Sheriff Frank Skrah says the charge does not mean the device was a hoax. An investigation into the chemical makeup of the device is still being conducted.

The county bomb squad removed the device on Thursday afternoon, after it prompted a lockdown and the evacuation of about 100 people.

The device was a two-liter plastic soda bottle.

Chasteen is being held on $5,000 bond for the incident, but is also being held without bond on a prole violation. He is scheduled to be arraigned Monday.


Information from: Herald and News, https://www.heraldandnews.com

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