By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer
A Muskogee woman arrested Wednesday in connection with two recent bomb scares allegedly called and left her name on a voice mailbox at police headquarters.
Authorities believe Jessica Dugger, 38, placed a call that cleared the Muskogee County Courthouse on Monday and made a similar call to the Muskogee Police Department on Wednesday.
Dugger was ordered held without bond Wednesday on complaints of:
• Threatening communications involving explosive devices;
• Assault and battery on a police officer; and
• Resisting arrest.
The courthouse was evacuated Monday after an employee at the District Attorney’s Office received a phone call from a woman, who tearfully said her ex-military husband was going to blow up the building with C-4 explosives. District Attorney’s Office Investigator Richard Slader said that call came from a restaurant on South 32nd Street.
The courthouse was emptied as an Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb-sniffing dog searched the building and the grounds. Employees were eventually allowed back in.
As law enforcers continued to track the original phone call, a police investigator received another conveyed threat.
Investigator Mark Ridley said his voicemail collected a message Wednesday morning from a woman who said a bomb would explode at 5 p.m. Thursday.
“She didn’t say where it would go off,” Ridley said. “I immediately thought that it might have something to do with Monday’s thing.”
The recording was taken to the DA’s office, where the employee who heard the original call confirmed that the voices sounded similar.
Dugger left her name on the recording, Ridley said. Police Lt. Bobby Lee said the department had received multiple calls from Dugger during the past four months.
An officer arrested Dugger on Wednesday in the 3400 block of Tahlequah Street. She was found with a large knife and a pair of scissors, police said. She allegedly attacked the officer who arrested her, Ridley said.
Muskogee County District Attorney Larry Moore said his office has asked that Dugger receive a mental evaluation while she’s in jail.
“Based on today, I think there are some signs she could need some help,” he said. “And otherwise, she would be in jail for a while before any help was given to her. This way if she needs help, she can get it now.”
Although Dugger never specifically made a threat — just allegedly conveyed one — Moore said that a person who conveys such information that the person knows to be false faces three to 10 years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
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