Conn. Officials Told Late of Bomb Scare

Associated Press
Tuesday, December 6, 2005

NEW HAVEN, Conn., Dec. 5 -- Connecticut homeland security officials were not informed until more than two hours after a series of bomb threats Friday prompted the evacuation and shutdown of Connecticut's 45 courthouses, authorities acknowledged Monday.

Neither police nor Gov. M. Jodi Rell's office -- which received one of the threats at 10 a.m. -- had informed the security agency by noon, leaving top officials to learn about the evacuations from reporters.

Investigators think the threats were designed to disrupt court business. State police arrested Javier Rodriguez, 28, of Willimantic on Monday on charges including terrorism, saying he was the one who called in the threats. Rodriguez was held on $250,000 bond.

Public Safety Commissioner Leonard Boyle said the scare fell between the cracks because it was more than a routine occurrence but did not rise to the level of a statewide emergency.

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