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Man arrested after allegedly threatening to kill people

Modified: Monday, Jun 9th, 2014

A man who allegedly intended to “harm large numbers of persons in Newport and the surrounding area” was arrested after a high-risk traffic stop east of Toledo, authorities said Sunday.

Mark Alan Ghormley, 46, of Eddyville, was taken into custody after multiple law enforcement agencies stopped the vehicle he was driving on Highway 20 near Neal Loop about 3:50 p.m. Friday.

The incident was detailed in a report released Sunday morning by the Newport Police Department.

A subsequent search of Ghormley’s residence in Eddyville turned up four firearms, including two high-capacity rifles and a hunting rifle, and about 500 rounds of ammunition and a blasting cap. The Oregon State Police Bomb Squad responded to the residence to remove the blasting cap.

The arrest stemmed from earlier reports to authorities about Ghormley allegedly making threats about “people going to die.”

The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and Toledo Police Department assisted in the arrest. Ghormley is being held on $50,000 bail at Lincoln County Jail.

For the complete article see the 06-11-2014 issue.

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