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Tips sought in case of threats against Lane County officials

Lane County Commissioners, March 14, 2017. (File/SBG photo)

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene Police Department continues to actively investigate a series of messages containing threats against Lane County Board of Commissioners and some County staff.

"Additional information is being shared to elicit tips regarding the person sending these messages, with the goal of ensuring the safety of those individuals and the public," Eugene Police Department said.

Letters have been sent to various officials and staff threatening to harm them if an aerial herbicide spray ban measure (Freedom from Aerial Spraying of Herbicides Bill of Rights Charter Amendment) is not put on the upcoming May ballot, police said.

The person sending these messages is claiming to be a Vietnam-era veteran and has stage four cancer, according to the report.

"It is important for anyone who has relevant information about who may be sending these letters to contact Detective Newell at (541) 682-5174," EPD said.

Police first reported the threats in late February. Since that time, there have been additional threats made.

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