Four government offices in Elkhart, Goshen receive bomb threats

A bomb threat was reported at four government buildings in Elkhart County around 10 a.m. Tuesday, March 25.

Posted on March 25, 2014 at 4:49 p.m.

The Elkhart County Sheriff's Department is investigating a bomb threat called in Tuesday morning, March 25, that was directed at local government offices.

The threat was aimed at the county courthouses in Elkhart and Goshen, Elkhart City Hall, and the Elkhart County Prosecutor's Office.

The threat was made at about 10 a.m. and was "non-specific and general in nature," Capt. James L. Bradberry with the sheriff's department said in a press release.

Emergency responders checked the buildings and didn't find any bombs or other suspicious items. The sheriff's department said it is investigating the call and it will "make every effort to prosecute those who make false reports of bomb threats."

Elkhart Mayor Dick Moore said the city communication center notified his office of the bomb threat, which included a threat to city hall.

"The police department was notified and we evacuated the building," Moore said.

Police and city department heads checked the building and employees were allowed to return within 30 minutes, Moore said.

Falsely reporting a bomb is a Class D felony that carries a sentence of up to three years in prison.

A bomb threat was also called into the Plymouth Public Library on Saturday, March 22. WNDU reported that 19-year-old Brentlyn Jones was arrested after admitting to police he had called in the bomb threat to the library. 

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