JOHN DAY — Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer was released from Blue Mountain Hospital in John Day on Monday evening after opening a suspicious piece of mail and feeling a physical reaction.
About 20 letters, arriving via the U.S. postal service, were addressed to Oregon sheriffs or their offices and were delivered Monday. The FBI reported Tuesday morning that hazardous materials teams found no toxic substances on any letter or envelope, nor powders of any kind.
According to an early report on the Oregon Emergency Response System, the envelope delivered to Grant County contained a white substance. Palmer said Tuesday, however, there was no substance he noticed and the other two office staff were checked out at the scene and released.
Palmer said the letter contained political ramblings, and after reading it he felt a burning sensation on his arms and forehead and a metallic taste in his mouth. He folded the letter, washed his hands and called his wife, who drove him from the sheriff’s office in Canyon City to the hospital. He was released at 6:30 p.m.
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