Bomb threat to the Johnson County Court House

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FRANKLIN, Ind. (WISH) – The Johnson County Court House received a repeated bomb threat Saturday afternoon.

Franklin County emergency dispatch stated that a male caller warned a bomb would detonate at the court house on East Jefferson Street in ten minutes.

When Franklin Police Department arrived at the court house at approximately 4:45 p.m., they immediately evacuated the area and cleared the grounds. Police determined there were no suspicious packages or devices in or near the court house building.

At approximately 5:15 p.m., police received a second call from the same phone number asking if the building and grounds had been cleared. The caller stated that the bomb would detonate in another ten minutes.

At 5:45 p.m., dispatch reported that the caller called back a third time asking if the court house was clear.

Three minutes later, dispatch apparently got a fourth call from the same number, and the caller immediately hung up.

After some investigative searching, police were able to recover the caller’s last tower hit from his cell phone. The caller was found near his cell phone’s last tower hit and brought in for investigation.

During police questioning, the caller said, “I did not call and threaten and blow up the court house.”

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