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Bomb threat reported at state parole office

Police say nine employees of the State Parole Office in Merced, 1579 W. Main St. were evacuated today at 4:30 p.m. because of a bomb threat and a letter that threatened the presence of ricin. No injuries have been reported.The letter, police say, had a return address to an inmate at the John Latoracca Correctional Center. Merced Police Department detectives are interviewing the inmate.