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Suspicious package forces Idaho State Police to evacuate

UPDATED: Thu., May 22, 2014, 3:12 p.m.

A suspicious package left today inside the Idaho State Police regional office in Coeur d’Alene prompted an evacuation of the building and several surrounding streets.

The Spokane bomb squad was sent to assess and dispose of the device. An ISP officer around noon had reported the package was a paper grocery bag that has a cell phone and remote with blinking lights. Someone also had left a handwritten note on the front counter at the office, which is at 615 West Wilbur Ave. on the city’s north end.

The Spokane Bomb Squad determined that the bag contained two cell phones, hand written statements that were “gibberish” and some garbage, according to Coeur d’Alene Police. The roads around the headquarters building have been reopened.

The man that dropped off the device is described as 5-foot-9, medium build, in his late 20s to early 30s, wearing a black T-shirt, tan shorts, black baseball hat, black bandanna and dark sunglasses.

After leaving the office, the man was seen on a City Link bus, getting off at Riverstone.

The ISP’s single-level, 40,000-square-foot office opened in 2009. It houses patrol, investigations, forensics, dispatch, commercial vehicle inspectors, evidence, officer training and support staff.

Better security was one of the main features highlighted when the ISP moved into the new building, which replaced a cramped office on Prairie Avenue. In 1998, Trooper Linda Huff was shot and killed in the former building’s parking lot. The new headquarters is named in her honor.

Those with information are urged to call Coeur d’Alene police at (208) 769-2320


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