Thursday, March 7, 2013
A Monmouth County man admitted he was responsible for calling in a bomb threat to the Monmouth County Courthouse in October.
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Thursday, March 7
The following press release is from the Monmouth County Prosecutor’s Office. Acting Monmouth County Prosecutor Christopher J. Gramiccioni announced Wednesday that a Monmouth County man has admitted that he was responsible for calling in a bomb threat to the County Courthouse in October. Ellis Goodson, 35, whose last known address was in Neptune, pleaded guilty Tuesday to third degree charges of False Public Alarm and Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Dangerous Substance in front of Monmouth County Superior Court Judge John T. Mullaney, Jr. J.S.C. “Since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, we all live in a heightened sense of security. Bomb threats not only disrupt the lives of the intended targets but taps into our sense of vulnerability and …
Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Bomb threat took place on Oct. 25 and caused courthouse to be evacuated.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office arrested and charged a man in connection to the Oct. 25 bomb threat against the Monmouth County Courthouse. Ellis W. Goodson, 35, allegedly made a 9-1-1 call on Thursday, Oct. 25 and warned that a bombing would take place at the courthouse that day. In a previous article, Patch reported that a bomb threat against the Courthouse came from a 9-1-1 call around 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. At 12:30 p.m. the Courthouse was evacuated and area K-9 explosives-detecting dogs were brought in to sweep the building. After a sweep of the building, no explosives were found, but due to the amount of time required for the sweep, the courthouse was closed down for the rest of the day. A press release from the Monmouth…
Sunday, October 21, 2012
Taxpayers were hit with a large cleaning bill after the Monmouth County Court House had to be cleaned, scrubbed down, and inspected after 80 employees became sick.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Testing comes back negative
After a week of being closed the Monmouth County Courthouse will open again on Tuesday afternoon. The building will open to the public as of 1:30 p.m. according to Monmouth County Public Information Officer Laura Kirkpatrick. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said in a press release Monday afternoon that since the courthouse was closed on June 18 all test results have come back negative. The testing and closure came as a result of dozens of employees reported feeling ill on two separate occasions. State Health Department officials took 10 air samples and also looked for "a wide range of 'volatile organic compounds.'" Among the items tested for were benzene and chemicals found in cleaners. They also tested for things …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The court is still waiting on results from the tests taken last week.
The Monmouth County Courthouse will remain closed on Monday as officials await the results of testing to determine what has made employees ill recently. Tests were conducted last Thursday and Friday and the building has been closed since last Monday. According to a press release from the county testing has been done for "volatile compounds, mold, pollen, dust and other common allergens." All the results from those tests came back negative. The testing came on the heels of employees reporting feeling various symptoms including shortness of breath, skin rash and elevated blood pressure. The employees reported feeling ill on June 15 as well as last Monday when the building was closed for the rest of the week. After the tests were finished the…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The building was evacuated twice after dozens of employees became sick.
The Monmouth County Courthouse will remain closed this week as health officials continue to investigate what caused more than 60 employees to become sick on Friday and Monday. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services will conduct prolonged air quality tests Thursday and Friday, according to a press release issued by the county. Initial testing for common allergens and volatile compounds did not reveal anything out of the ordinary. However, the previous tests were short-term screenings, whereas the state’s testing will be conducted over a 24-hour period. On Friday and Monday, employees in the courthouse reported experiencing a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitation, rash and …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Authorities working to determine source of dozens of illnesses
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Monmouth County Courthouse will again be closed Wednesday as county officials continue to test for the source of what caused about 65 to be sick Monday. William K. Heine, director of public information, said in a release that the Freehold building will be sweeped Wednesday in search of possible allergens on workers' desks. The courthouse will be cleaned once testing is complete. The courthouse was closed today after two days of mysterious illnesses forced evacuations. On Friday, 43 people were treated for symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitations, rash and dizziness. The building was cleared Monday after dozens fell ill and 30 were hospitalized. “All the tests so far have ruled out the most probable…
Monday, June 18, 2012
The cause of illness still has yet to be determined.
Monmouth County officials are not sure about what caused 65 people to fall ill at the county courthouse Monday afternoon. "We have no idea what might have caused this," said William Heine, a representitive of Monmouth County. Police and emergency responders rushed to the Monmouth County Courthouse after it was evacuated around 1 p.m. due to multiple employees falling ill. Workers evacuated the building for the second time in two business days. The building was evacuated on Friday, June 15. During that incident, 43 people were treated at the scene of the incident. A hospital spokesperson told News 12 at least 25 people are being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Monday, where a decontamination tent is set up for patients …
Friday, June 15, 2012
Set to reopen for regular business Monday
After several employees in the Monmouth County Courthouse reported feeling ill on Friday the building will be cleaned over the weekend. The employees reportedly experienced a variety of symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitation, rash and dizziness. A total of 17 employees reported feeling ill will working on the first floor of the west wing according to a press release from the county. Those who reported not feeling well received medical attention. Some were released from area hospitals including CentraState Medical Center or were undergoing evaluation. Sheriff Shaun Golden said the County Emergency Management and Health Department were charged with investigating the situation. Preliminary results of …