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Bomb threat forces evacuations at Merced County courthouse

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About 200 people were forced from the Merced County Superior Courthouse on Thursday morning after a bomb threat was reported.

Sheriff’s Deputy Daryl Allen said the threat came in at about 10 a.m.

Deputies searched the building and no bomb was found. As of about 10:30 a.m., people were starting to be allowed back into the building, according to Allen.

In an emailed statement to the Merced Sun-Star, Interim Court Executive Officer Amanda Toste said the threat came from an anonymous caller.

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