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Suspect in custody for Kay County Courthouse bomb threat

Peggy Browning / Red Dirt Report
A sign on the door of the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, placed there following Monday's bomb threat.
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NEWKIRK, Okla. — By 1:40 p.m. Monday afternoon, a suspect had been identified and arrested in the bomb threat phoned in this morning to Kay County Courthouse. Newkirk streets were empty of out-of- town law enforcement agencies and order was restored at the Courthouse.

At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, a bomb threat was reported to Ponca City Police Department, stating there was possibly one of more bombs at the Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk.

The message was relayed to Kay County Undersheriff Sean Grigsba and his officers.

The courthouse was evacuated and law enforcement agents cleared a perimeter around the area.

The Kay County Courthouse in Newkirk, Oklahoma. (Peggy Browning / Red Dirt Report)

Oklahoma Highway Patrol bomb squad officers were dispatched from Tulsa and Oklahoma City.

By 12:10 p.m., the courthouse had been searched by OHP canine bomb squad. Personnel removed all vehicles from the facility’s parking lot and did another sweep. By 12:15, officials confirmed there were no bombs.

Ponca City Police Department and Kay County Sheriff’s Office analyzed the voice on the recording of the phone call. The voice was identified as a person of interest in the threat.

A suspect was in custody by 12:30 p.m. The suspect’s name, released later Monday afternoon was Dean Allen Utsler, 34, of Ponca City. Utsler reportedly confessed to the act and is currently being held at the Kay County Jail for making terroristic threats.

Meanwhile, the Kay County Courthouse remained closed through the end of business on Monday. It is scheduled to open again Tuesday morning for regular business hours.

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