Authorities clear county buildings from bomb threat | PostIndependent.com

Authorities clear county buildings from bomb threat

John GardnerPost Independent Staff

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Glenwood Springs Police Department authorities cleared all three buildings evacuated by a bomb threat earlier Tuesday.At about 5 p.m. the sheriff’s office released information saying all three buildings were searched and no suspicious items were found.The Garfield County courthouse, the Sheriff’s Office, and the Garfield County administrative building across the street were evacuated early after noon because of a bomb threat.The case remains under investigation and authorities ask anyone with information regarding this incident should contact Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 945-0101.According to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler from Grand Junction were brought in and conducted a sweep of the buildings.The evacuation closed the buildings and employees were sent home for the rest of the day.”We’ve told everybody that we are done for business for the day,” Vallario said. “It will be at least four o’clock before we’d be able to let anybody back in the building.”Vallario said that someone phoned into the Garfield County Court Clerk’s office Tuesday morning. The person sounded like an irate male, who made some comments about an injustice they felt had occurred to him. The person then stated that a bomb was in the building and that it was going to blow up sometime Tuesday afternoon, according to Vallario.The Garfield County administration building, across Eighth Street, was also evacuated because there was a possible connection involving a child custody case, Vallario said. The Human Services office who manages those cases is housed in that building.Authorities have no suspects at this time. Vallario could only speculate on the reason behind the threat.”They apparently had a bad day in court or have been stewing about something – we just don’t know yet,” Vallario said. “But, we are tracking down some leads.”This is the second time the courthouse has been evacuated because of a bomb threat since February.jgardner@postindependent.com


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