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8:16 PM Fri, Dec. 14th

Bomb threat clears courthouse before holiday weekend

SUZANNE ADAMS/ Miner<br>
Court administrator Kip Anderson (far left) walks with another court employee and a court security officer across Spring Street to meet the Kingman Police Department's Bomb Squad Friday afternoon. A bomb threat was called into the Superior Courthouse.

SUZANNE ADAMS/ Miner<br> Court administrator Kip Anderson (far left) walks with another court employee and a court security officer across Spring Street to meet the Kingman Police Department's Bomb Squad Friday afternoon. A bomb threat was called into the Superior Courthouse.

KINGMAN - The wheels of justice came to a sudden stop before the holiday weekend after a bomb threat was called into the Mohave County Superior Court.

An employee in the Mohave County Superior Clerk of Court's Office received a call from an unknown man at 3 p.m. The man told the employee that a bomb was in the building and then hung up. The employee notified court security officers, who then evacuated the building and called the Mohave County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies received the call around 3:10 p.m. Kingman Police Department was called in to help close off Spring Street from Third to Fifth streets. KPD's Bomb Squad was called in and arrived on scene around 4 p.m. The squad cleared the building for re-entry by 4:30 p.m. A bomb was not located in the building.

MCSO and KPD used a special bomb-sniffing dog to clear the building during a similar threat in October 2006. The dog was not available this time.

The Kingman City Complex and County Attorney's Office across the street from the courthouse were not evacuated.

Employees were able to return to work shortly after 4 p.m.