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Possible hate crime being investigated in Junction City

Morris said the residence is located about one block north of the unoccupied building on Highway 99 and West 7th Avenue that caught fire earlier this month.

Posted: Jul. 29, 2018 5:21 PM
Updated: Jul. 29, 2018 5:46 PM

JUNCTION CITY, Ore. -- A racial slur and swastika found on the side of a residency in Junction City is being investigated as a hate crime, according to police.

This occurred at a building on West 6th Avenue in Junction City.

Junction City Police Chief Robert Morris said the call came in about 9 am on Sunday from a neighbor who noticed the graffiti.

Morris said the residence is located about one block north of the unoccupied building on Highway 99 and West 7th Avenue that caught fire earlier this month.

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The building on West 7th also had similar graffiti painted on it prior to the explosion and fire.

Morris said at this point, they don't have a reason to beleive these two incidents are connected.

"In the other incident, there was a fire and an explosion that occured. In this incident, it was simply sprayed on the side of the building," Morris said. "At this point, we don't have any solid evidence that would link the two together. However, we're not ruling that out or any other possibilities out."

Morris said the FBI, Junction City Police, and other agencies are working to investigate this.

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