Champaign man arrested for courthouse bomb threats

Champaign man arrested for courthouse bomb threats

URBANA — A 29-year-old Champaign man who allegedly phoned in three threats about a bomb being in the Champaign County Courthouse on Wednesday was arrested for disorderly conduct.

Champaign County sheriff’s Lt. Curt Apperson said a man called the state’s attorney’s office at 10:56 a.m. to say there was a bomb in the courthouse. There were two subsequent calls with the same threat to METCAD at 11 and 11:30 a.m., Apperson said.

Apperson said while the courthouse was not evacuated, court security officers and the county’s bomb sniffing dog searched to be certain as deputies and Urbana police took steps to trace the call.

They figured out that the number belonged to Timothy Burnett, 29, whose last known address was in the 900 block of North Fourth Street.

Apperson said Burnett is known to police and that an Urbana officer spotted him in the parking deck just west of the courthouse about 1:45 p.m. and arrested him.

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