Idaho Police Investigating Suspicious Package At Sen. Risch’s Office

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Coeur d’Alene, Idaho police on Monday were investigating a suspicious package found at the office of Sen. James Risch (R-ID). 

In a statement posted on the department’s Facebook page, the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said “officers have responded to the report of a suspicious package located at 610 Hubbard Ave. suite 213.” But the statement misidentified that address as the location of Rep. Raul Labrador’s (R-ID) office. Labrador’s office in Coeur d’Alene is located at 1250 Ironwood Drive. 

“Citizens are asked to avoid the immediate area,” Christie Wood, a public information officer with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department, wrote in the statement on Facebook. “Law enforcement and Coeur d’Alene Firefighters are attempting to determine if the package is a danger to others.”

Judy Morbeck, a constituent services specialist with Labrador’s office in Coeur d’Alene, told TPM on Monday that the package may have been addressed to Labrador. 

“It was sent to Sen. Risch’s office,” Morbeck said “It was addressed to Congressman Labrador.”

Risch’s press secretary, Suzanne Wrasse, told TPM that the building where the office is located had been evacuated, and that a bomb squad unit had been called in “mostly out of an abundance of caution.”

“We’re happy they’re safe and [that the authorities are] taking care of it and we’re monitoring it as it develops,” Wrasse said.

Taylor Viydo, a reporter for KREM 2 News, tweeted an image of the suspicious item, which appears to be a manila envelope. 

A message left with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department was not immediately returned. 

This post has been updated. 

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