Capitol Police Give All-Clear At State Parole Office

By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Authorities gave the all-clear at three Topeka buildings that were searched Tuesday afternoon following what authorities say was a bomb threat.

Capitol Police issued an alert at 1:15 pm Tuesday, saying they were evacuating the State Parole Office, 1430 SW Topeka Blvd., for what they called an "emergency situation." The building also houses the Kansas Workforce Center. The parole office is on the third floor.

A police K9 searched the unit and workers were allowed back in just before 3 pm. Authorities say nothing suspicious was found.

Topeka Police say the Topeka Shawnee County Communications Center received the anonymous threat just after 12:30 pm Tuesday. Police say the caller told the operator that someone he knew had a package delivered to “the place where people report to their ISP officer.”

In addition to the State Parole Office, authorities also searched 712 South Kansas, which is the Shawnee Co. Community Corrections ISP (Intensive Supervised Probation) office, and the Shawnee County Courthouse. Authorities say nothing suspicious was found at those locations either.

While workers at 712 S. Kansas say they were evacuated during the search, Shawnee Co. Court Administrator Cathy Leonhart said in an email the courthouse was not because the screening process of all items coming into the courthouse allowed authorities to discredit the threat fairly quickly. She says courthouse security did initiate a "shelter in place" of the Court Services offices.

A Capitol Police spokesperson earlier told 13 News that city of Topeka buildings may also have been mentioned in the threat, but TPD says that was not the case.


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