Mysterious package left at the Erath County Courthouse causes bomb scare, evacuations.


The Erath County Courthouse

By SARA VANDEN BERGE


The Erath County Courthouse and Donald R. Jones Justice Center were evacuated Thursday afternoon after a “mysterious package” was located on the north side of the courthouse.


Deputies with the Erath County Sheriff’s Office responded to the call.

“It was initially believed that the package contained a life-threatening device, so we evacuated everyone from the buildings,” Sheriff Matt Coates told Beneath the Surface News.


Coates said the all-clear was given after both buildings were searched by a detection K9 belonging to the Stephenville Police Department.


The evacuation disrupted the hearing of county treasurer Kimberly Barrier, but testimony resumed after the all-clear was given.