MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

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February 5, 2013

Bomb threat forces courthouse evacuation

Morning’s work stalled while search carried out

— By Dylan Goforth

Phoenix Staff Writer

Authorities are trying to determine who called in a bomb threat that cleared the Muskogee County Courthouse on Monday morning.

Muskogee County Sheriff’s Lt. George Roberson said a “highly distraught” female called the Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office about 9:30 a.m. The woman said that her husband, who is ex-military, was driving to the courthouse to blow it up with a composition C-4 explosive, Roberson said.

“She specifically said he was coming to blow it up,” he said. “That he was coming to blow the building up.”

Roberson said the woman hung up and did not call back. Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said authorities believe they know what number the threat came from, and they are narrowing down who made the call.

“We’re think we know where it came from,” he said. “But the fact that you can narrow it down to a location or a certain number, other people can have access to that phone.”

Roberson said the woman’s husband has not been located.

All four floors of the courthouse were evacuated as word of the threat spread.

“The evacuation went awesome,” Roberson said. “I was pretty impressed.”

The Oklahoma Highway Patrol brought in bomb dogs and searched the building as well as sweeping every vehicle around the building. Employees were allowed back inside at 12:45 p.m.

Moore said it was business as usual once employees were allowed back in the building, but the morning’s cases would have to be rescheduled.

Reach Dylan Goforth at (918) 684-2903 or dgoforth@muskogeephoenix.com.

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