Bomb threat at Courthouse deemed hoax

The Winston County Circuit Clerk’s office at the courthouse like 29 others in Mississippi received a bomb threat Wednesday, December 12.

All offices at the courthouse were notified of the incident and the Sheriff’s Department did a check on all the offices. The sheriff’s department was aware of the other calls across the state and was in contact with MSOHS, MEMA and the FBI.

The bomb threats began around 1 p.m. Dec. 12 and continued through the afternoon with neighboring county Choctaw among those contacted. According to MSOHS Director Jay Ledbetter, the call sounded like a recording or scripted message which the Winston County Circuit clerk’s office confirmed.

These bomb threats are similar to those received last month in four other states, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and Washington. None of the threats were found to be credible.

Anybody with information on who may be responsible for these threats should contact the Mississippi Fusion Center at 601-933-7200 or the Jackson FBI office at 601-948-5000.

Mississippi averages around 400 bomb threats every year. Residents should take all threats seriously until a building or area has been cleared by law enforcement.