A potential threat has altered security procedures at the Warren County Courthouse.
"The Warren County Sheriff's Office has received information concerning a potential threat directed towards the Warren County Courthouse," Sheriff Ken Klakamp said in a press release on Wednesday. "As a result of a meeting between the Sheriff, Courts and County Commissioners concerning the threat, security at the courthouse has been elevated."
Individuals seeking to enter the courthouse will be required to enter through the Fifth Avenue entrance. The main entrance on Fourth Avenue will be restricted.
Photo by Josh Cotton
A Warren County Sheriff’s deputy monitors the entrance to the Warren County Courthouse in light of a threat received on Wednesday.
"The elevated security will remain in effect until further notice," Klakamp stated in the press release, while also asking for the public's cooperation.
Information regarding the threat has been turned over to the Warren-based state police for investigation and they issued a news release Wednesday evening indicating that Scott Edward Muzzy, 41, Warren, was arrested in connection with the incident.
According to police, at 10:30 p.m. on Aug. 6 "a letter written by (Muzzy) was discovered." As a result, "the Warren County Courthouse was put into lockdown and a single point of entry was established."
Muzzy was located and taken into custody on Oil Creek Road in Eldred Township and, police said, "he admitted to writing the letter."
Muzzy was arraigned before District Justice Glenn Carlson and bail was set at $35,000. He was unable to post bail and was committed to the Warren County Jail.
State police said that the City of Warren Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff's Office assisted in the investigation.