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No bomb found in Garfield County buildings after threat

John Gardner
Glenwood Springs correspondent
Aspen, CO Colorado
John Gardner/Post Independent Glenwood Springs police barricade 8th Street on the south side of the Garfield County Sheriff's Office and the Garfield County Courthouse Tuesday. A bomb threat forced the evacuation of about 300 people from three county buildings.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office and the Glenwood Springs police have cleared three buildings evacuated after a bomb threat on Tuesday.

At about 5 p.m. the sheriff’s office said all three buildings were searched and no suspicious items were found.

The Garfield County Courthouse, the sheriff’s office, and the Garfield County administration building across the street were evacuated in early afternoon after a caller Tuesday morning said a bomb would explode sometime during the afternoon.

The case remains under investigation and authorities have asked anyone with information regarding the incident to contact Garfield County Crime Stoppers at 945-0101.

According to sheriff’s office spokeswoman Tanny McGinnis, a bomb-sniffing dog and his handler from Grand Junction were brought in to conduct a sweep of the buildings.

The evacuation closed the buildings and employees were sent home for the rest of the day.

Vallario said that someone called the Garfield County Court Clerk’s office Tuesday morning and said a bomb in the building would explode in the afternoon.

The Garfield County administration building, across Eighth Street from the courthouse, was also evacuated because there was a possible connection involving a child-custody case, Vallario said. The Human Services office, which manages those cases, is housed in that building.

Authorities had no suspects late Tuesday afternoon and Vallario could only speculate on the reason for the threat.

“They apparently had a bad day in court or have been stewing about something – we just don’t know yet,” Vallario said. “But, we are tracking down some leads.”

It was the second time the courthouse has been evacuated because of a bomb threat since February.

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