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Bomb threats bolster court security concerns

This year Gila County switchboard operator Bethel Bennett has already fielded two bomb threat calls. “Usually they just call the switchboard, tell us there is a bomb in the building and hang up,” she said. The bomb sniffing dogs didn’t discover an explosive this time, but county officials fear the lack of adequate security in both the Payson and Globe courthouses makes tragedy all too plausible.

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