Courthouse Evacuates After Bomb Threats

By Jillian Marshall

Courthouse Evacuates After Bomb Threats

December 7, 2012 Updated Dec 7, 2012 at 10:22 AM EDT

Towanda, PA (WBNG Binghamton) A local county courthouse evacuates after receiving bomb threats Thursday, all because a man wanted to spend time with his family for the holidays.

According to Pennsylvania State Police, Bradford County Courthouse in Towanda received two suspicious phone calls Thursday, December 6.

The caller said that bombs were inside the courthouse.

The Bradford County Sheriff's Department evacuated the courthouse at 2:00 p.m. Six hours later, the Bomb Squad K-9 detection team cleared the scene.

After an investigation, police say Tommy Turner, 49, from Rome made the calls and threats.

Turner had a sentencing hearing for a DUI charge Thursday at 3 p.m. He told police he made the threats because he wanted to spend the next couple of weeks with his family and not in jail.

Turner is now in Bradford County Jail.

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