- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 29, 2015

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - Oregon State Police said Wednesday that investigators questioned and released a Eugene man believed to be responsible for suspicious letters sent to two dozen sheriff’s offices this week.

Lance Storm, 34, did not appear violent or dangerous and is not believed to be a threat to the community, police said.

“Storm was very forthcoming and eager to discuss the letters he mailed,” police wrote in a news release. “Storm told investigators the communications were not intended to cause alarm and he denied the inclusion of harmful substances.”

Sheriffs around the state reported receiving envelopes containing rambling, incoherent messages on Monday. One sheriff, Glenn Palmer of Grant County, went to a hospital when he experienced a physical reaction after opening the letter.

But the FBI said Wednesday that preliminary tests at the state public health laboratory found no biological toxins or powders in the letters or envelopes, including the one from Grant County.

The FBI and U.S. Postal Inspection Service said they don’t anticipate pursuing federal charges unless new information surfaces.

Oregon State Police said investigators will forward their report to district attorneys to decide whether state charges are warranted. Misdemeanor charges of harassment and menacing may apply, Lt. Bill Fugate said.

Storm did not return a call seeking comment.

The letters were received in 24 of the state’s 36 counties, according to the state police: Grant, Harney, Umatilla, Klamath, Lake, Grant, Jackson, Wasco, Marion, Polk, Lane, Sherman, Tillamook, Gilliam, Columbia, Linn, Jefferson, Wheeler, Union, Douglas, Baker, Yamhill, Wallowa and Coos.

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