Wednesday, November 28, 2012
Bomb threat took place on Oct. 25 and caused courthouse to be evacuated.
The Monmouth County Sheriff’s Office has arrested and charged a man in connection with the Oct. 25 bomb threat against the Monmouth County Courthouse. Ellis W. Goodson, 35, allegedly made a 9-1-1 call on Thursday, Oct. 25 and warned that a bombing would take place at the courthouse that day. In a previous story, Patch had reported that a bomb threat against the courthouse came from a 9-1-1 call at about 12 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 25. At that time, the courthouse was evacuated and area K-9 explosives-detecting dogs were brought in to sweep the building. After the building sweep, no explosives were found, but due to the amount of time required for the investigation, the courthouse was closed for the rest of the day. An investigation led by …
Monday, June 25, 2012
Testing comes back negative
After a week of being closed the Monmouth County Courthouse will open again on Tuesday afternoon. The building will open to the public as of 1:30 p.m. according to Monmouth County Public Information Officer Laura Kirkpatrick. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services said in a press release Monday afternoon that since the courthouse was closed on June 18 all test results have come back negative. The testing and closure came as a result of dozens of employees reported feeling ill on two separate occasions. State Health Department officials took 10 air samples and also looked for "a wide range of 'volatile organic compounds.'" Among the items tested for were benzene and chemicals found in cleaners. They also tested for things …
Sunday, June 24, 2012
The court is still waiting on results from the tests taken last week.
The Monmouth County Courthouse will remain closed on Monday as officials await the results of testing to determine what has made employees ill recently. Tests were conducted last Thursday and Friday and the building has been closed since last Monday. According to a press release from the county testing has been done for "volatile compounds, mold, pollen, dust and other common allergens." All the results from those tests came back negative. The testing came on the heels of employees reporting feeling various symptoms including shortness of breath, skin rash and elevated blood pressure. The employees reported feeling ill on June 15 as well as last Monday when the building was closed for the rest of the week. After the tests were finished the…
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The building was evacuated twice after dozens of employees became sick.
The Monmouth County Courthouse will remain closed this week as health officials continue to investigate what caused more than 60 employees to become sick on Friday and Monday. The New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services will conduct prolonged air quality tests Thursday and Friday, according to a press release issued by the county. Initial testing for common allergens and volatile compounds did not reveal anything out of the ordinary. However, the previous tests were short-term screenings, whereas the state’s testing will be conducted over a 24-hour period. On Friday and Monday, employees in the courthouse reported experiencing a variety of symptoms, including shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitation, rash and …
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Authorities working to determine source of dozens of illnesses
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
The Monmouth County Courthouse will again be closed Wednesday as county officials continue to test for the source of what caused about 65 to be sick Monday. William K. Heine, director of public information, said in a release that the Freehold building will be sweeped Wednesday in search of possible allergens on workers' desks. The courthouse will be cleaned once testing is complete. The courthouse was closed today after two days of mysterious illnesses forced evacuations. On Friday, 43 people were treated for symptoms including shortness of breath, nausea, chest pain, heart palpitations, rash and dizziness. The building was cleared Monday after dozens fell ill and 30 were hospitalized. “All the tests so far have ruled out the most probable…
Monday, June 18, 2012
More employees have reported feeling ill and courthouse will remain closed Tuesday
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Monday, June 18, 2012
65 people fell ill at the Monmouth County Courthouse Monday afternoon and the cause is still to be determined. "We have no idea what might have caused this," said William Heine, a Monmouth County spokesman. Police and emergency responders rushed to the Monmouth County Courthouse after it was evacuated around 1:00 p.m. due to multiple employees falling ill. Employees evacuated the building for the second time in two business days. The building was evacuated on Friday, June 15. 43 people were treated at the scene of the incident. A hospital spokesperson told News 12 at least 25 people are being treated at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold, where a decontamination tent is set up for patients from the courthouse. Heine said that they …