Wednesday, March 23, 2011
Security personnel evacuated the Tom Green County Courthouse at roughly 11:00 am. When potential jurors left the grounds, nary a police car was in sight. When jurors checked back at noon, as instructed, they found San Angelo police officers. Jurors were instructed to return at 1:00 pm.
Public buildings can be evacuated for safety reasons, fire alarms, bomb threats and terror threats. It's not clear which reason caused today's evacuation.
Update: Standard Times cited the cause, bomb threat. After a bomb sniffing dog cleared the building, jury selection restarted at 2:00 pm. Judge Weatherby said the probation office in the basement received the threatening call.
by PEU Report/State of the Division at 12:37 PM