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Bedridden man’s threats put Newport Hospital in lockdown

Threats from a frustrated bedridden man sent the Newport Hospital into lockdown this week.

Yep. You read that right.

The hospital learned that a patient with a Wednesday afternoon appointment had told people that he was planning to tear the place up and hurt people during his upcoming doctor's visit, according to the Pend Oreille County Sheriff's Office. Hospital staff put the facility into lockdown for about an hour.

Deputies contacted the man, who they described as bedridden, and said he acknolwedged making threatening statements but said he'd done it out of frustration and wasn't serious. The man's afternoon appointment was canceled and he was ordered to stay away from the hospital except for emergency care.

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