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Courthouse evacuated for bomb threat

Published 10:45 am Monday, April 29, 2013

An evacuation occurred for about an hour Monday morning at the temporary Franklin County courthouse after the words “bomb in build” were found spray-painted on the building.

The black spray-painting was on the brick next to the door where the judges enter on the left side of the building.

The public parking is on the right side of the building, located on Chamberlin Avenue.

An employee first noticed the spray-painting just before 8 a.m., when the courthouse opens. The employee notified the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, which is housed in the opposite end of the building.

The building was evacuated immediately and searched by court security deputies and sheriff’s deputies.

In addition, members of Emergency Management and the Franklin County Fire Department were also on scene.

Franklin County Sheriff Pat Melton said nothing was found out of the ordinary.

“We feel pretty confident there was nothing,” Melton said.

The courthouse reopened at about 9 a.m.

Melton said employees re-entering the building were asked to check their workstations and report anything suspicious.

It is unknown when the large black letters were spray-painted on the brick building. Melton said there were no alarms during the weekend.

The temporary facility is being used while the new Franklin County Judicial Center is being built downtown. It is scheduled to open this summer.