Library evacuated for 'suspicious' package

Monday, April 30, bingo was abruptly interrupted after a suspicious package was reported at the Cottage Grove Library. 

The incident, which occurred just after 12 p.m., saw approximately a dozen individuals evacuated from the building. 

Cottage Grove Police Chief Scott Shepherd joined three other officers in securing the building. 

"It (the package) wasn't left by someone who looked suspicious but we're not going to take any chances," he said. 

The Eugene bomb squad reported to the scene and cleared the building at approximately 1:15 p.m. The package, according to Shepherd, was left near the magazine rack and contained dozens of old newspapers dating back to the 1940s.

It's the second incident at the building in 24 hours. During a weekly community meal held on Sunday in the community center portion of the building, a front window of the building was broken after an individual accidentally fell through it.

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