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Hospital employee arrested for false bomb threat to facility

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GRANGEVILLE – A Grangeville man faces a felony charge for making a false bomb threat last week that resulted in a lockdown of Syringa Hospital and disrupted services for more than three hours.

Tony Lloyd Anderson was arrested and booked into the Idaho County Jail on Friday, Sept. 26, and is currently out on $50,000 bail, awaiting an Oct. 7 arraignment in magistrate court on the felony charge.

Anderson is a certified nursing assistant employed by the hospital. He is alleged to have called in a bomb threat to the hospital at 6:04 a.m. last Thursday, Sept. 25. As a result, Syringa Hospital went into lockdown procedures – no one was allowed to enter or exit the facility – and both Grangeville and Idaho County law enforcement officers conducted an interior and exterior sweep of the building for a possible explosive device; no bomb was found.

Syringa Hospital CEO Joe Cladouhos estimates the facility lost thousands of dollars in revenue as a result of the hoax, which disrupted both patient appointments and staffing schedules.

This is believed to be the first bomb threat made against the 75-year-old facility. SH staff will be reviewing emergency response procedures in the wake of this incident.

See this Wednesday's Idaho County Free Press for more details.



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