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Hermiston Man Arrested After Bomb Hoax

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HERMISTON, Ore. (AP) - Police arrested a Hermiston man accused of putting a fake bomb in a garbage can.
 
Police were dispatched Monday after a garbage man found a cardboard box with the words "this is a bomb" written on it. A bomb squad discovered a beer bottle inside the box.
 
Police charged 23-year-old David Ponce with disorderly conduct and possession of a hoax destructive device. According to police, Ponce told investigators he was trying to play a joke on a relative.
 
Police Chief Jason Edmiston said Ponce has been arrested or cited dozens of times in recent years. Given all that contact with police, the chief said: "We would hope some common sense would come into his decision making on what is acceptable behavior and what is not."

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