Bomb threat called in to Monroe County courthouse

ABERDEEN – According to the Monroe County Sheriff’s Office, the Monroe County Courthouse has been evacuated following a bomb threat. The bomb squad has been called to inspect the building.

“An employee of the courthouse received a phone call that was not a recording from a man with a muffled voice saying several bombs were inside the building and they were set to explode. After I was informed, I immediately called the sheriff’s department and they were on the scene in a matter of minutes,” said Circuit Clerk Judy Butler.

Butler said the courthouse was closed until 1 p.m.

According to The Clarion Ledger, several courthouses throughout Mississippi have received bomb threats today, including the Mississippi Supreme Court.

 

Update: 11:04 a.m. According to reports, the Monroe County Courthouse has been cleared and no explosives were found.

About Ray Van Dusen

I've been with the Monroe Journal since Aug. 2009 as a staff writer, but took the role as news editor in late 2012. I'm always looking for interesting story ideas from around Monroe County. You can reach me via email at ray.vandusen@journalinc.com.