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Bomb threats prompt evacuation of Riverside County courthouses

January 19, 2012 |  1:21 pm

Two bomb threats forced the evacuation Thursday of three Riverside County courthouses and prompted searches of San Bernardino County courthouses, sheriff's offices and jails.

Two separate calls came from a pay phone in Bloomington in San Bernardino County. The first, which came in at 7:45 a.m., threatened the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department and county jails, said San Bernardino County sheriff's spokeswoman Jodi Miller.

None of the buildings in San Bernardino was evacuated, but the Sheriff's Department conducted a search at the San Bernardino County courthouse.

The second call at 8:15 a.m. to the San Bernardino County Sheriff's Department said bombs were placed in a Riverside County courthouse, but the caller did not specify which one.

The Hall of Justice, Family Law and historic courthouses were evacuated between 8:30 and 9 a.m., said Cpl. Courtney Donowho of the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.

Riverside County sheriff's deputies and the hazardous device team were searching the three buildings as occupants waited outside for more than four hours.

Donowho said the teams were unable to substantiate a threat. No suspects had been identified.

The buildings were expected to be cleared by 1:30 p.m.


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