Man Arrested in Courthouse Bomb Threat

LIBERTY, March 26, 2014 - Today Liberty County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to a bomb threat at the Liberty County Courthouse. The Liberty County Sheriff’s Department have arrested and perpetrator of the threat on a mental health warrant.

The employee and her husband are reported to be in the process of a divorce action and at approximately 8:am this morning, he drove his 1999 Dodge pickup truck to the court house and parked it in the 1900 block of Trinity Street which is directly on the north side of the court house. He then got into his wife’s vehicle and drove away but called her and told her that she should get in the pickup truck and drive home. However, he added that she should be very careful driving the truck because it might explode. The employee contacted court house security Cpl. Kimberly Rodden and reported the allegations.

At approximately 2:30 PM Wednesday, Jessie Leo McCollough Jr., age 46 was arrested, without incident, at his home on CR 145 in South Liberty County on a mental warrant.

Sheriff’s Department Capt. Mark Ellington stated that several firearms were recovered from his residence but no bomb making materials were found.  

McCollough was transported to Tri-County HMR for mental evaluation. No criminal charges have been filed at this time but such charges may be pending.

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