Trooper blamed for Mt. Angel bomb scare sentenced

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SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- An Oregon State trooper who was arrested for causing a bomb scare in Mt. Angel was sentenced Tuesday in Salem to 5 years of probation.

The Statesman Journal reports (http://is.gd/l8QYSi ) 29-year-old Joseph Conklin of Springfield pleaded guilty to resisting arrest. As part of a plea deal he'll lose his police certification, which means he won't be able to be an officer anywhere in the state.

Mt. Angel police arrested Conklin in February after he led officers to believe that explosive devices were in two areas of the community. A family member said he was held at the psychiatric center at Salem Hospital.

Marion County Deputy District Attorney Paige Clarkson says probation conditions include that Conklin will continue mental health treatment and stay away from alcohol and weapons.

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Information from: Statesman Journal, http://www.statesmanjournal.com