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Bomb threat remains under investigation

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Ted Sullivan
May 29, 2010
— George Baltes got an unexpected break from work Friday after the Rock County Courthouse received a bomb threat.

He and other county employees had to evacuate for about two hours while Rock County sheriff’s investigators searched the building to make sure it was safe.


“It’s really more of a nuisance than anything,” the internal auditor said. “I just figured, well, it’s all a bunch of nonsense.”


A threat was phoned in to the Clerk of Courts Office at 7:50 a.m., causing officials to evacuate the building about 30 minutes later, Chief Deputy Barbara Tillman said.


The threat was taken seriously, Sheriff Bob Spoden said, and the incident remains under investigation.


Deputies searched every room of the courthouse, Spoden said.


Janesville police officers searched the parking areas and land surrounding the courthouse, Tillman said.


The courthouse reopened at about 10:30 a.m.


Several people left the courthouse in cars during the evacuation. Others sat in the lawn or on benches nearby. People trying to pay their property taxes were upset they couldn’t get inside.


Sally Wasmund, a county treasurer employee, was reading a newspaper while waiting for the building to reopen.


She and other county employees had work to do in the morning. The evacuation set them back.


“It was quite a shock,” she said. “I wasn’t really afraid. I just left.”



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