Police say the Pulaski County Courthouse has been deemed safe, after a suspicious device was found in a basement restroom. The Sheriff’s Office says the object was located by a maintenance employee around 6:30 a.m. Friday. Officers say it was concealed in a public restroom.
The device was reported to Maintenance Director Mia Salyers, who contacted Pulaski County Communications shortly after 8:00 a.m. The Sheriff’s Office says the Indiana State Police Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives were called in to assist and identify the device. The Pulaski County Emergency Management Agency also responded.
After examining the object, the ATF found that it contained no explosive or incendiary components. Police say they determined that there had been no verbal or written threats against county employees or the courthouse, and a search of the county offices turned up no other suspicious devices.
Offices at the courthouse and the County Annex Building were closed during the investigation for the safety of county employees. They’re all expected to reopen Monday, and at this time, police do not believe there is any threat to the courthouse.
The Winamac Police Department will continue investigating, with help from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office and Prosecutor’s Office. Anyone with information is asked to call the Winamac Police Department at 574-946-4800 or the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office at 574-946-6655.