Suspicious package at area courthouse prompts bomb squad response

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Published: Jan. 9, 2018 at 10:36 AM CST
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The discovery of a suspicious package early Tuesday morning on a bench outside the Freestone County Courthouse in Fairfield prompted a bomb squad response.

A Department of Public Safety trooper spotted the package at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday as he arrived for work.

“At that time, an investigation ensued and as further information developed, it was determined that the ‘Better Safe than Sorry’ method would be utilized to protect our citizens nearby, the public that would soon be arriving to their jobs and the county employees that were due to arrive at work as well” Freestone County Sheriff Jeremy Shipley said.

The McLennan County Sheriff’s Office bomb squad was called to check out the package and determined that it contained about 40 new Bibles along with a note that read: “Police Department! Impoverished Smurfs! Have a Happy New Year!”

Shipley says a surveillance camera recorded the man who put the package on the bench in the middle of the night, but said no crime was committed.

Tuesday is National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, but it’s not clear whether the timing of the incident was related to the annual observance.

“We are appreciative of the Bibles,” Shipley said, regardless as to the person’s reasoning for gifting them to us.”

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