Merced Superior Court and jail evacuated for bomb threat

The Merced Superior Court was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat by a caller who was “unhappy with the court,” according to deputies.

The Merced County main jail received a call about 9:30 a.m. from an individual who threatened to bomb both the old and new courthouses and the main jail, deputies said. Both courthouses were promptly evacuated and the main jail lobby was cleared. Deputy Delray Shelton said the inmates were secure.

The premises were searched by officers and a specially trained K-9 brought in from the Mariposa County Sheriff’s Department. More than 400 people, including employees and the public, were evacuated.

The jail and courthouses were reopened at 1 p.m., and employees and the public were allowed to re-enter.

Shelton said law enforcement officers are trained for this type of situation and people had nothing to be concerned about. “We take things like this very seriously, he said.

“This is not the first time this has happened; we have policy procedures in place,” he added.

No information on the caller was available. Officials said an investigation is ongoing.