The East Oregonian reports that 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."