The Herald Bulletin

Afternoon Update

Cops, courts and fires

June 19, 2013

Bomb threat forces evacuation of city, county offices

Police review surveillance footage for leads on suspect

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Ricker’s employees told The Herald Bulletin they could not comment.

Tuesday’s threat interrupted not only the employees’ day, but those who had business at the buildings.

James Hampton was inside the county building when people were told to leave.

“We got the bum’s rush out,” said Hampton, who took up a spot to wait at the perimeter of the blocked-off area on the west side of Jackson Street.

Those with court dates, Bell said, are being instructed to call the court they were scheduled to appear in to reschedule.

Evacuees with cars parked inside the cordoned perimeter were left to wait it out, for the most part unable to remove their vehicles.

The Rev. Gerald Peak was on his way into the area when he found himself being rerouted.

“It was crazy… They’ve got sheriffs everywhere – the bridge all the way down to Sixth Street,” Peak said Tuesday morning.

Staffers from the county auditor’s office said they had been told to evacuate to the parking garage at Eighth and Meridian, as per the building’s emergency plan.

But twice Tuesday they were told to scoot back, eventually landing them in the Moneyhun’s parking lot, at 115 W. Eighth St. Some went for a walk, shopped or bought coffee at the Ricker’s across the street, said Auditor Jane Lyons.

“The worst part is this is pay (check) week,” she said. “There’s a lot of work to do.”

Staff used the last bomb threat, first auditor’s deputy Patty Mauck said, as an excuse to grab lunch in a nearby cafe.

A written threat made to the Madison County Government Center in November 2011 resulted in the arrest of Cheryl R. Boyer of Anderson.

“We always take these things seriously,” County Commissioner John Richwine said.

Peak, the minister of Zion Baptist Church, said, “You’ve got to take all this seriously now, the way things are.”

Anyone who might know the identity of or seen the caller is asked to contact Lt. Detective David Callahan of the Sheriff’s Department at (765) 646-9281.

Staff reporters Baylee Pulliam and Nancy Elliot contributed to this report.

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