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Another round of bomb threats called into Mississippi courthouses

12:04 PM, Dec 17, 2012   |    comments
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At least five courthouses have received bomb threats this morning, including the Mississippi Supreme Court in Jackson.

So far bomb threats have been called in to courthouses in Rankin County in Pearl, Warren, Monroe, Lowndes counties, Mississippi Emergency Management Agency spokesperson Greg Flynn said.

Flynn said he doesn't yet know if the bomb threats are of a similar nature or style as automated-sounding bomb threats called into 29 Mississippi Courthouses last Wednesday.

Tristan Marshall, an employee who works in the Supreme Court building for Mississippi Electronic Courts, said employees were made aware of the bomb threat between at approximately 9:15 a.m.

Flynn said local law enforcement agencies will handle the sweeps and investigations themselves, but areas without bomb squads can request a bomb unit from outside their area sweep the courthouses if a suspicious devise is found.

"The bad part abut this is that they have to follow their protocols, but this is really trying up resources and man power that should be protecting other places but (are forced) to respond to what turn out to be hoaxes," Flynn said.

Still, law enforcement agencies must act as if a devise is where it is purported to be until they prove it is not, Flynn said.

"You have to take it seriously, especially given what happened last Friday -- Good grief," he said.

Mississippi is the fifth state to deal with dozens of bomb threats to courthouses.

Clarion Ledger

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