Jun 9 • 20M

Sheriff's Report: Courthouse Bomb Threat; Crazy Monday

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This interview was recorded at the Justice Center on Wednesday, June 6, with Sheriff Botie Hillhouse and Michael V. Hannigan.


In this week's Sheriff's Report, Sheriff Botie Hillhouse talks about the bomb threat against the County Courthouse and a Monday that included a juvenile held against her will, a stabbing, and an unusual drug arrest.

I. Stats (:38)

Summary: There are 455 inmates currently in custody at the Henderson County Jail with 95 of those being contract inmates. The average for the year is 441 inmates.

Remember: Henderson County gets paid to house contract inmates.

II. Bomb Threat (1:07)

Summary: The Henderson County Courthouse, Courthouse Annex, and Judicial Complex were shut down and evacuated Tuesday morning because of a bomb threat. The buildings reopened around 1 p.m. after being searched by ATF bomb-sniffing dogs brought in from Brock(outside Weatherford). The Sheriff's Office has a suspect in this case.

Quote: "I really do appreciate all the help we received from all the other agencies," Sheriff Hillhouse said.

Remember: A bomb threat like this is a felony offense. In the interview, Sheriff Hillhouse also reviews what happens when there is a bomb threat.

III. Juvenile Held (8:14)

Summary: Early Monday morning, the Sheriff's Office received a report of a juvenile being held against her will. The residence was outside of Malakoff. The Sheriff's Office sent a tactical unit and those inside the residence gave up without incident. The initial arrest was for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The ensuing search also turned up a large amount of narcotics leading to a second arrest. The juvenile victim is doing OK.

III. Stabbing Victim (10:38)

Summary: While the Sheriff's Office was dealing with the juvenile being held against her will, a call came in about a stabbing in the Seven Points area. A man called in saying he had been stabbed. While deputies were en route, a second man called in saying he had mistakenly stabbed his brother while trying to murder his mother. He was arrested for Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. The victim was transported to the hospital with serious injuries but it looks like he is going to recover.

Quote: "We'll file the case with the DA's Office and then put it to the Grand Jury and see if the Grand Jury wants to indict on other charges," said Sheriff Hillhouse.

IV. Postal Drug Bust (12:30)

Summary: The Sheriff's Office Narcotics Team became aware of a suspect with an arrest warrant for possession of a controlled substance. The suspect was an employee of the U.S. Postal Service and was a mail carrier with the Athens Post Office. Investigators discussed the case with DPS and a DPS trooper was able to locate the suspect while on his mail route. The trooper made an arrest on the warrant and a subsequent search of the U.S. Postal Service vehicle turned up a substantial amount of methamphetamine.

Quote: "It appears that while he was doing his mail-carrying, he was also delivering meth to certain residences," said Sheriff Hillhouse.

Other: The Sheriff's Office turned the vehicle over to the U.S. Postal Service with all the mail in it so they could distribute the mail.