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Fear of violence prompts lockdown of Linn County Courthouse

The Linn County courthouse is in downtown Albany.
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The Linn County courthouse is in downtown Albany.

The Linn County Sheriff’s office says the county courthouse in Albany was locked down for several hours Thursday amid fear of a potential violent act directed toward an attorney who was working on a case that day.

Deputies closed the building to the public shortly after 11 a.m. while they investigated the reported threat.

After contacting the parties involved, officers decided there was no imminent danger and re-opened the building.

Chris Lehman has been reporting on Oregon issues since 2006. He joined the KLCC news department in December 2018 and became News Director in March 2023. Chris was born and raised in Pennsylvania, and graduated from Temple University with a degree in journalism. His public broadcasting career includes stops in Louisiana and Illinois. Chris has filed for national programs including “Morning Edition” and “All Things Considered.”