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Former hospital employee gets jail time for false bomb threat

Charge resulted from an early morning incident Sept. 25, 2014

— A former Syringa Hospital employee will serve a year in the county jail following sentencing this month on reporting a false bomb threat at the medical facility last year.

At his Oct. 13 sentencing on the felony charge, Tony L. Anderson, 49, of White Bird, was ordered by District Judge Jeff Brudie to serve a minimum of two years and a maximum of five with the Idaho Department of Corrections, and pay a total $545.50 in restitution and court costs. Of this sentence, Brudie suspended the prison sentence and ordered that following Anderson’s completion of one-year’s incarceration in the Idaho County Jail he be placed on probation for five years.

The charge resulted from an early morning incident Sept. 25, 2014, in which Anderson, who at the time worked as a hospital surgery technician, came to work before his shift started and allegedly used a facility phone to call in the bomb threat. According to court records, Anderson’s motivation was to witness what the reaction would be to the call from hospital staff. The threat resulted in a hospital lockdown for more than three hours and disruption of scheduled procedures, clinic visits, and the emergency room was unavailable.

Anderson was represented by public defender Scott Olds. Idaho County Prosecutor Kirk MacGregor handled the case.


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