Ore. trooper held for mental assessment

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MOUNT ANGEL, Ore. (AP) -- Police in the small town of Mount Angel, Ore., say a 29-year-old Oregon State Police trooper who told them he had left an explosive package in a park was held for a mental assessment.

Police Chief Michael Healy said a state police bomb squad checked a suspicious package left in a park near City Hall and determined there were no explosives in the backpack. Healy says Joseph Conklin had indicated the package contained an explosive device.

The Oregonian reports that police took Conklin into custody on a police officer hold early Tuesday morning after he was reportedly found screaming and yelling in the street near City Hall.

The police chief says investigators later learned a second package might have been left near a church, but found nothing.

State police Lt. Gregg Hastings says Conklin was placed on paid administrative leave in mid-December pending an investigation into an internal matter related to police reports. He was hired in 2008.

Mount Angel is south of Portland.

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Information from: The Oregonian, http://www.oregonlive.com