4:45 p.m. update: Police road blocks from around the Chelan County Courthouse have been removed and courthouse employees and visitors are being escorted into the building to retrieve personal items, said Sgt. Jim West of the Wenatchee Police Department.
The investigation into an afternoon bomb scare at the courthouse will continue into the evening, said West, but the main courthouse building has been tentatively cleared of threats while officers and maintenance crews search through offices of the adjacent sheriff’s department.
Check here Friday morning for further details on the bomb scares at the Chelan and Douglas county courthouses.
4:20 p.m. update: Wenatchee Police Chief Tom Robbins said a male caller to the Chelan County Auditor’s office said at 3:15 p.m. that there were bombs in the courthouse set to go off in 18 minutes.
The main search for a bomb has been completed and those evacuted from the courthouse are being escorted back inside to collect their personal belongings and then escorted out, Sgt. Jim West of the Wenatchee Police Department said.
4 p.m. —
Bomb threats this afternoon led to the evacuation of the Chelan County Courthouse in Wenatchee and the Douglas County Courthouse in Waterville.
Authorities are searching the Chelan County Courthouse but have not discovered a bomb, said Sgt. Jim West with the Wenatchee Police Department.
More than 100 people waited in Memorial Park in front of the courthouse after the threat disrupted late afternoon court proceedings and county business.
Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal said the Douglas County commissioner’s office received a phone call at 3:52 this afternoon, warning them of a bomb in the courthouse.
At 4 p.m., three Douglas County deputies were searching the courthouse but had not found a bomb.
Reporters are working the story and we’ll have details as soon as they are available.