MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

November 26, 2013

Enter courthouse through west doors


— Visitors to the Muskogee County Courthouse will be required to enter through the west doors beginning Monday, said Capt. George Roberson of the Muskogee County Sheriff’s Office.

Visitors currently enter the courthouse on the east side, through the exterior door in the parking garage. Bags are checked manually, and each visitor walks through a metal detector.

On Monday, visitors to the courthouse will enter through the west side on State Street. All visitors will walk through a metal detector, and all bags will be scanned with an X-ray machine, Roberson said.

The  X-ray machine was donated by the U.S. Marshals Service and the county paid a $500 administrative fee.

Purses and bags are currently being searched manually and the X-ray machine will  “accomplish the job in a more thorough way.” he said.

Beginning Monday, the east side entrance will be for courthouse employees only.

Plans for an X-ray machine have been in the works for about a year.