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Two bomb threats in two days at Tift Regional Medical Center

October 10, 2007

Tifton -- Tift Regional Medical Center has been on high alert after two separate bomb threats, just two days a part, were made at the hospital.

The first came Saturday afternoon, when an employee found a suspicious note.

"An employee found a note in a bathroom in the hospital, that said "Bomb Somewhere!" Detective Bryan Cavanaugh responded to the scene, along with uniformed patrol division and the fire department," said Tifton Police Detective Lee Dunston.

Police did not find a bomb and made the decision not to evacuate patients. But just two days after note was discovered - another bomb threat. This second threat was made by phone just before midnight on Monday.

"It was answered by someone in the emergency department at the hospital and they were told a bomb would go off in ten minutes," said Dunston.

Police and fire units were again dispatched to the hospital, where they made decision to not clear the building.

Dunston says, "Part of that decision making process is because employees that are familiar with their work area are asked to participate in looking for anything suspicious."

While police say there was no actual bomb found inside the hospital, law enforcement take bomb threats very seriously. It's a felony crime punishable with up to five years in prison.

"The hospital is interested in pursuing this to the fullest extent of the law. If we do actually come up with somebody and make an arrest, they will be tried for felony terroristic threats," said Dunston.

Police wouldn't say if surveillance cameras show anything, or if the number the bomb threat was called in from had been traced.

Police reports did indicate that the caller's voice sounded like a black man in his early twenties.

For now the investigation continues, while the Tifton Police Department urges anyone with any information to contact them immediately at 229-382-3132.



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