Bomb Threats Tighten Security at Church

| April 22, 2013

Since Kaufman County District Attorney, Mike McLelland, and his wife, Cynthia, had been found murdered in their home in Forney, Texas on March 30, 2013, subsequent services, to honor the couple, were handled with the tightest security.

Around 6:15 p.m., Thursday evening, April 4th, while ensuring the safety for those who would attend the family gathering at First Baptist Church of Wortham, Texas, Freestone County Chief Deputy Richard McGowan received a call from the Limestone County Sheriff’s office indicating that a bomb threat to the church had been called into their 911 dispatcher.

McGowan ordered an immediate evacuation of the sanctuary.

Wortham Chief of Police Kelly Butler, with members of his force and honor guard, who were there to pay their respects to the family, did a complete sweep of the building.

About 7:00 p.m. Chief Butler announced that it was okay to reenter the building.

ATF officers were called in with a dog to further search the church before the Friday morning services.

For the safety of the students, Wortham schools were dismissed on Friday.

Thursday night, Sheriff Don Anderson, McGowan, and other Freestone County officers stood guard at Wortham Cemetery until the services were concluded there on Friday.

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