Thursday, September 22, 2016

Courthouse closed due to threat

Crittenden County Courthouse has been closed due to a threat. It was evacuated shortly after 2:30pm Thursday.

Sheriff Wayne Agent said the courthouse was shut down and all county and state employees sent home for the day. The closing was done as a precautionary measure, the sheriff said, and the courthouse will reopen on schedule in the morning.

A yet unidentified caller made the threat from a 911 call that went through central dispatching at Marion City Hall. The caller threatened to "shoot up the courthouse," the sheriff said.

There is some indication that the call came in from another county. Agent said investigators are working on tracking down the caller and authorities have placed special security at the courthouse.