County Courthouse evacuated due to bomb threat

2012-07-30T08:59:00Z 2012-08-03T11:25:17Z County Courthouse evacuated due to bomb threatWritten by JOHN RASCHE — Reported by WHEELER COWPERTHWAITE — Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — The entire Elko County Courthouse complex was evacuated Monday morning due to a bomb threat.

The courthouse and surrounding buildings will be closed until 1 p.m. Monday.

Two spray-painted images of bombs from the World War II era were found on the concrete at the courthouse at 7:30 a.m. One was placed in the front of the building and one in the back. Both were spray painted in black with the word "Freedom."

The police K-9 unit and its handler are currently searching the building.

Court Street is closed from Fifth Street to George R.E. Boucher Drive.

Our crime reporter, Wheeler Cowperthwaite, is on the scene and will provide more information as it develops.

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  1. paul
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    paul - August 02, 2012 5:13 am
    @Ugotta...not a threat, or better safe then sorry? After 911 everything should be taken seriously. I'm not saying this is a terrorist act, but it's by no means a peaceful protest. And finally, If we are to ignore these signs then we out of touch from the rest of the world.
  2. tricky0ff
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    tricky0ff - August 01, 2012 11:31 am
    I agree Luna. If I spray paint a swastika on the sidewalk, does that mean Hitler is hiding in the courthouse? What about the word 'stop'? Or a marijuana leaf? Or an Anarchy symbol? Or a peace symbol? Are we really that small town and out of touch with the rest of the world here in Elko? Looks that way.
  3. tricky0ff
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    tricky0ff - August 01, 2012 11:27 am
    I also agree with you and Luna. This is ludicrous. A spray painted stencil does not a bomb threat make. Who interpreted such nonsense? A bunch of government employees looking for a day off? Looks more like peaceful protest to me.
  4. UGottaBeKidding
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    UGottaBeKidding - August 01, 2012 8:34 am
    I agree with lunalovegood - this was not a credible bomb threat, this was graffiti. I suppose it is better safe than sorry, but I fail to see how anyone could believe this was a threat. It's most likely a simple political statement by kids. Now, instead of simple political graffiti, they are terrorists. George Orwell was right.
  5. paul
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    paul - July 31, 2012 5:28 am
    How about we wait for an explosion. People hurt and dead. Would that make you happy @luna? Precautions need to be taken so catastropty does not happen. (Err on the side of caution). Thank the good Lord Elko PD. and Fire doesn't feel like you do.
  6. lunalovegood
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    lunalovegood - July 30, 2012 4:05 pm
    Since when is a spray painted bomb a bomb threat? Did anyone actually get threatened? Was there a phone call or just the graffiti? Bc I am sorry that sounds like a gross over exaggeration on the cities part.
  7. jdubach
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    jdubach - July 30, 2012 10:41 am
    Coming up on election time. Prepare to see more of this all around the country.
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