Bomb threats made to courthouse

Investigators: Woman wanted to avoid court
Aug. 21, 2013 @ 08:18 AM

Investigators say that a woman who wanted to avoid a court hearing on a misdemeanor charge of probation violation called in a bomb threat to the Caldwell County Courthouse shortly before 8 a.m. Monday. Now the woman accused of doing it faces at least one felony charge.

Courthouse personnel were briefly evacuated, a courthouse employee stated. The courthouse was occupied only by employees at the time because at the early hour court was not yet in session.

Phone records revealed the call came from the Gas House convenience store at the intersection of Morganton Boulevard and Beecher Anderson Road, and on the store's surveillance footage investigators saw a woman on the phone and what vehicle she left in, a press release from the Caldwell County Sheriff's Office said. Anita Kay Laws, 45, of 1369 Bee Mountain Ridge Road was arrested when she showed up for her hearing, a courthouse employee said. She was charged with making a false bomb report to a public building, a felony. A $30,000 secured bond was set.

Laws also is being investigated in relation to a second bomb threat to the courthouse called in from the Fast Stop convenience store on Blowing Rock Boulevard, Lt. Couby Stilwell of the Lenoir Police Department said.

"We expect to make an arrest soon," he said.