Bombs threat plagues city, persons of interest in custody
A tip called in to the Covington County Probation and Paroles office Thursday morning led to a multi-county, multi-agency investigation and the shutdown of government buildings throughout Covington County.
Sheriff Dennis Meeks said that someone called the Probation and Parole Office in the Covington County Courthouse Thursday morning and stated two people had a plan to blow up a government building. The caller gave two names.
At least two people are in custody as a result of the ensuing investigation.
Meeks said Thursday afternoon that two people were taken into custody in a traffic stop on Hwy. 84 near Wicksburg, and one of the people in custody was identified in the original call. When the vehicle was stopped, bomb-sniffing dogs hit on duffel bags in the vehicle. The suspects were turned over to the Coffee County Sheriff’s Office.
Later in the day, Dothan media reported, a bomb squad detonated “potentially dangerous” materials at the scene of the traffic stop.
Meanwhile, bomb-sniffing dogs from Bay County were used to check the courthouse, which was cleared late Thursday afternoon. Similarly, all city buildings were searched and cleared.
Late yesterday, the Coffee County Sheriff’s Department was at a residence on Coffee County 723, and Houston County’s sheriff told Dothan media the Coffee County investigation was related to the Covington and Houston county incidents.
All government and school operations will resume at regular times today.