(Salem Statesman-Journal) A man brought a pressure cooker he claimed was a bomb into the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission office and told employees he tried to blow up their sign because it was misspelled on Wednesday morning.
"He walked quite confidently into our office as though he had a mission, and I think that was what alarmed me right off the bat," Executive Director Vickie Chamberlain said.
The man, dressed in a button-up winter coat and stocking cap, placed the pressure cooker with wires sticking out on the counter in front of the receptionist around 9 a.m.
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Leonard Burdek, 50, of Salem, told Chamberlain and the receptionist that he tried to blow up the agency's outside sign, but the bomb didn't work.