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Police and Crime Briefs – August 28, 2020

August 27, 2020 – Bloomington, Indiana USA: A member of the Indiana University Police Department leads a bomb-sniffing dog to a vehicle after helping sweep the Transitions Medical building after a bomb threat, Thursday, August 27, 2020. No bomb was found. (Photo by Jeremy Hogan/The Bloomingtonian)

Caller makes bomb threat against medical office

Police responded to a bomb threat to a medical office in the 400 block of W. 1st Street Thursday.

According to police a person with a male voice called the Transitions Medical office before 3:06 p.m. and said there was a bomb in the building. Police blocked streets in a one-block perimeter around the building and waited for an Indiana University bomb-sniffing dog to arrive. The building was swept but no bomb was located. Police evacuated the building while waiting for the dog to arrive.

Police said the phone number’s area code indicated the call may have originated outside the state of Indiana, but police tried to track down the caller’s location.

Death threat made during harassing calls to law office

Police said a caller made multiple calls Thursday demanding to speak to Bloomington attorney Ken Nunn after being told he was not available. The caller made a threat to kill people at the law office during one of the calls.

Police said the caller does not live in the Bloomington area based on the caller’s number. Police were unable to make contact with the caller.

However, the law office has several receptionists, and the caller called again, and again, and again, according to police.

Vegetable garden destroyed at Switchyard Park

A gardener who rented a garden plat at the Switchyard Park Community Gardens discovered their garden had been destroyed by an unknown person Thursday, according to police.

The garden found someone had cut the stalks of all their tomato and pea plants they had grown over the summer. The gardener had rented the space for 35-dollars. Police said the losses were the cost of the seeds, and the person’s time they spent gardening over the past several months.

Airsoft gun brandished during road rage incident  

A man reported to the Bloomington Police Department that while trying to park another motorist became agitated, yelled at him, and showed what appeared to be a gun.

Police said the road rage incident happened Wednesday around 12:14 p.m. as a man was being tailgated on Basswood while driving slowly looking for a parking spot. When the driver stopped, a man got out, began yelling, pulled up his shirt, and showed was appeared to be a gun.

Somebody in a nearby apartment witnessed the incident and called the police. Police were able to locate the man, and he told them it was an airsoft gun.

“That’s a good way to get shot,” said Bloomington Police Lt. John Kovach.

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