Ogden Police still investigating both courthouse bomb threats

Friday , April 13, 2018 - 12:26 PM1 comment

OGDEN — On both of the past two Thursdays, Ogden’s courthouses have been evacuated due to bomb threats. 

Ogden Police Lt. Tim Scott said Friday morning that both threats are under investigation, and he could not disclose if the two incidents are connected or if the same person issued the threats.

Shortly after 9 a.m. Thursday, April 5, dispatchers received the first threat against a “Weber County courthouse,” prompting the evacuations of Ogden’s justice court and district court. Just before noon, Ogden Police tweeted that the courthouses were clear and the bomb threat was not credible.

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A week later, at 1:11 p.m. on April 12, the courthouses were evacuated again after a second bomb threat was called in to dispatchers. An Ogden Police tweet says the district, justice and juvenile courts were notified of the threat. 

Police cleared the courthouses and reopened them at about 3:30 p.m., according to Geoffrey Fattah, communications director for the Utah State Courts. 

The police response to both calls was the same, with bomb squads and multiple bomb-sniffing dogs at the scene to search the buildings, Scott said. 

Scott said last Friday that handling these kinds of calls are no small task. Police intend to track down whoever is responsible and prosecute him or her to the “highest extent” if necessary, Scott told the Standard-Examiner.

As of Friday afternoon, no arrests have been made in connection with either bomb threat.

Contact reporter Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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