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News Release
Likely-Hoax Bomb Threat Evacuates Junction City Guaranty Auto & RV Dealers and Disrupts mid-day Activities - 12/13/18

UPDATE:  08/131/8 @ 3:46 P.M.

After an exhaustive search of all buildings operated by Guaranty Auto Group by emergency personnel accompanied by the assistance of the Explosive Detection Canine, it has been determined that the email threat received earlier today, is most likely a dangerous hoax just like the others that have occurred in various locations across the United States.  The Junction City Police Department extends our sincere appreciation to all community members for their efficient cooperation throughout this event, and a heartfelt thank you to all our partner agencies and organizations (the Junction City Fire Department, the University of Oregon Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Junction City Public Works Department, and the Junction City Christ’s Center) for once again stepping up to help our city.

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On December 13, 2018 at approximately 11:40 A.M. the Junction City Police Department received a report the Guaranty RV and Auto Dealership Company located at 20 Hwy 99 South, located in Junction City, Oregon received a bomb threat via email.  The email was received by a Guaranty employee at approximately 10:51 A.M. this same day.  While we cannot release the exact contents of the message, in sum and substance, the email demands a specific amount of money be delivered by a specific time or the bombs will be detonated.

A number of such other emails have been received in the hours immediately preceding this event in the Coburg and Eugene areas, however, none have been deemed to be a credible threat.  Moreover, it has been determined that similar threats have been received in multiple political subdivisions all across the United States over the past days and weeks; these threats have likewise been determined to be unfounded.  The FBI and other federal law enforcement agencies are aware of these incidents and aggressively investigating all leads.

While all of these threats, to this point, have been unsubstantiated neither the Junction City Police Department, nor the respected owners of the Guaranty Auto dealers, are willing to assume the small, but very realistic possibility, that one of these days these perpetrators may actually utilize live explosives to make a point.  To this end, collaboratively and in unanimously, the JCPD and Guaranty’s leadership teams made the decision to close all of their business locations, evacuate all of their employees, and conduct a systematic room by room search of every square foot of their property to ensure no threats exists.

The JCPD has appropriately staffed their emergency dispatch center with extra personnel, have extra police officers on duty, and have acquired the assistance of the University of Oregon Explosives Detection canine that is playing a critical role in executing a swift and comprehensive search.  As an added measure of security, Junction City High School Superintendent, Kathleen Rodden-Nord was apprised of the situation as soon as the police department was notified.  Superintendent Rodden-Nord agreed the probable danger to students and staff was minimal, but made the decision to place all of the schools in a “lock-out” state until the situation was fully resolved.

Citizens are urged to refrain from visiting, driving, and/or frequenting the areas of the Guaranty properties until information is received that it is safe to do so.  Anyone with information on the name(s) of the person(s) involved in this or other incidents is urged to the contact the Junction City Police Department immediately at 541-998-1245.

The Junction City Police Department has been aided in this investigation by the Junction City Fire Department, the University of Oregon Police Department, the Linn County Sheriff’s Office, the Junction City Public Works Department, and the Junction City Christ’s Center.

Updates will be sent when available.

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