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Corner Brook law courts evacuated temporarily after police receive threatening message

Const. Scott Mosher and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary police dog Garvey spring into action as they enter the courthouse in Corner Brook to help search for signs of an alleged threat made against the building Friday morning.
Const. Scott Mosher and Royal Newfoundland Constabulary police dog Garvey spring into action as they enter the courthouse in Corner Brook to help search for signs of an alleged threat made against the building Friday morning. - Gary Kean

Court staff, lawyers and anyone else having any business at the courthouse in Corner Brook were breathing a sigh of relief an hour after a threat shut the building down shortly Friday morning. 

Sgt. Brad Saint can be seen discussing the search of the Danny Williams Building, which houses the Corner Brook law courts, after a threat against the building was received by police Friday morning.
Sgt. Brad Saint can be seen discussing the search of the Danny Williams Building, which houses the Corner Brook law courts, after a threat against the building was received by police Friday morning.

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The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary says it received a threat to the Danny Williams Building at around 9:15 a.m.

By around 9:30, anyone inside the building had been evacuated, with the exception of some sheriff’s officers who helped police scour the building for any sign of the alleged threat.

The RNC would not specify what kind of threat had been made, but references to it being a bomb threat were being tossed around by those mingling outside the building.

Sgt. Brad Saint, one of the officers who was inside the building for the sweep, told The Western Star the search of the building was for something specifically mentioned in the threatening message received by the police.

He wouldn’t confirm the nature of the threat, citing it was still a matter being investigated.

The building was cleared of any threat by 10:30 a.m. after it was further checked with the use of the RNC’s police dog, Garvey, and handler Const. Scott Mosher.

Nothing of a threatening nature was found during the search, Saint confirmed.

The court remained closed for the morning and court business resumed at 1:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

The matter remains under investigation.

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