An early morning bomb threat at the Newton County Courthouse on Tuesday turned out to be a false alarm.
“About a quarter to 6 a.m. Tuesday, the call came into dispatch from a male caller, who just made the statement that there was a bomb at the courthouse that would go off at 9 a.m.,” Newton County Sheriff Ken Copeland told the Neosho Daily News.
After the threat came in, a visual search was conducted and then a call was made to have a search conducted by a bomb-sniffing dog from Jasper County Sheriff’s Department.
“Measures were taken, searches were made and there is no threat at the courthouse at this time,” Copeland said.
There was no one inside the courthouse at the time of the threat.
The Neosho Daily News arrived on scene at 8:15 a.m., while the bomb sniffing dog arrived around 8:30 a.m. The dog sniffed around the outside of the courthouse and then moved inside, searching all of the rooms. That took about one hour and 45 minutes.
Courthouse employees were granted entry into the courthouse at 10:15 a.m., with the rest of those waiting going in about five minutes later.
“We are still doing phone investigation to see where the call came from,” Copeland said. “We will absolutely prosecute to the fullest if we can determine who did it.”