Threat Closes Monroe County Courthouse

STROUDSBURG, Pa. -- Officials in Monroe County closed the county courthouse Monday morning after reports of a bomb threat.

The call came in just after 9 a.m. Monday.

County officials had roads on both sides of Main Street and Sarah Street closed.

David Waller works out of the courthouse and was one of many people told to leave the area.

"I'd rather them shut it down that have something happen, absolutely," said Waller.

This is the third time since May that Monroe County officials have had to shut down the courthouse because of a bomb threat.

A K-9 unit was called in to search the building. Nothing was found.

"This is not nice. We live here. We work here. We want to feel safe here. We have children here, so this is not nice," said Kendria Angrand, Homecare Agency employee.

While this is the third time employees who work in the courthouse were forced out, it's actually the first time employees in surrounding businesses were told they had to leave, too.

The Monroe County sheriff says whoever made the threat also said there were four other bombs planted at nearby attorney's offices. That's why every building near the courthouse was shut down.

Lois Rehm works in one of those buildings.

"It's crazy. I have so much work to do, and I only work part-time, and now I can't get it done. It's ridiculous," said Rehm.

County officials say there are similarities in the threats that were made, and they are working closely with state police and Stroud Area Regional Police to try to track down whoever is responsible.

The courthouse reopened at 1:30 p.m.


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