Bomb threat may be related to court date |

Bomb threat may be related to court date

J.K. Perry

EAGLE – Someone looking for an excuse to get out of court might be the culprit in the Jan. 9 bomb threat phoned into the Eagle County court building, Eagle police said.Police are cross-referencing phone records of calls placed to the court with individuals who didn’t show up for court that Monday, Eagle Police Chief Rick Sliger said.”What we’re looking for is the origin of that phone call and whether it correlates with someone who was supposed to be in court,” Sliger said.The Eagle County Sheriff’s Office, courtrooms and the county jail were evacuated after the bomb threat was called in at 2:45 p.m. Bomb-sniffing dogs from Aspen and Jefferson County determined the threat was a fake.But police are not relying on the courthouse phone records, Sliger said. “We have several different option we’re looking into,” Sliger said, but would not elaborate. “I wouldn’t want to identify a suspect,” he said.False reporting of explosives is a felony, carrying a possible sentence up to 18 months in prison and a $100,000 fine.The courthouse threat was the first of two this month. On Jan. 25 a man phoned in a bomb threat to a Beaver Creek store. He said “There’s a bomb in your garage.” Area garages were examined by Eagle County Sheriff’s deputies and no explosives were found.Sliger said there was no apparent connection between the two incidents.District Attorney Mark Hurlbert said he has never prosecuted someone for a bomb threat.”We had a few during (Kobe) Bryant, but we never found out who they were so we didn’t prosecute,” Hurlbert said.Staff Writer J.K. Perry can be reached at 949-0555, ext. 14622, or, Colorado

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