Officials investigate bomb threat at county building

By: 
Dennis Mansfield, Contributing Writer

KALKASKA – In the end, there was no threat after all. But, the Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department is continuing to investigate a bomb threat at the Kalkaska County Governmental Center on Birch Street in Kalkaska, which was made shortly before noon on Monday, June 19.

According to KCSD reports, the Kalkaska County Clerk’s Office received a voicemail message at 11:48 a.m. on Monday, stating there was going to be a bomb in the courthouse section of the complex.

“Personnel from both the court and administrative buildings were immediately evacuated,” Sheriff Patrick Whiteford said in a prepared statement.

The buildings were closed during a search for any potential explosive devises, with the KCSD’s office adjacent to the courthouse also being closed to walk-in traffic.

A Michigan State Police bomb dog finished its search of the buildings shortly after 3 p.m. on Monday, with no threat being detected. The buildings were back open to the public Tuesday morning.

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