On Thursday Aug. 9, 2018 at approximately 1:30 p.m., Lincoln County Central Communications received a 911 call from the county courthouse located on Main Street stating they had received a telephone call from what appeared to be male subject. He stated he had left two (2) packages outside of the courthouse for one of the judges. The caller named the judge by name in the threat.
Both the county courthouse and the Lincoln County Justice Center were evacuated due to the threat. All businesses in the 200 Block of Main Street were also evacuated for safety concerns.
Officers with the Troy Police Department searched and cleared the county courthouse while the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office searched the Justice Center. A request for explosive sniffing K9’s was made and K9 units from O’Fallon PD, ATF, and Lambert Airport PD responded to both locations for an additional search of interior and exterior of both locations.
At approximately 3:45 p.m. both locations had been deemed cleared. The decision was made to close the justice center for the remainder of the day and nonessential personnel was released from the county courthouse.
Troy detectives are actively investigating this matter and are in the process of tracing the call made to the county courthouse.
The Troy Police Department would like to thank the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office, O’Fallon Police Department, Lambert Airport Police Department and the ATF for their assistance.
If you have any information regarding this incident please contact Det. Stewart at 636-462-7644.
(Article courtesy of The Lincoln County Journal)