On Feb. 9 at 8:57 a.m., Charles County Sheriff's officers responded to the Charles County Courthouse at 200 Charles Street in La Plata for the bomb threat. A station clerk at the La Plata District Station received a phone call from a male who said a bomb would detonate at the courthouse at 11:15 a.m. When Sheriff's officers arrived at the Courthouse, they learned the Charles County State's Attorney's office had also received a bomb threat.
K9 teams responded to the courthouse and searched the building but did not find anything suspicious. As a precaution and due to the specificity of the threat, the Sheriff's Office evacuated the Courthouse briefly.
The call to the State's Attorney's office is believed to have been made from a payphone in the Bryantown mall parking lot in the 6400 block of Leonardtown Road in Bryantown. The call to the district station was made from an unknown location.
Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact the Sheriff's Office at 301-932-2222. Officer D. Sylvestre is investigating.
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