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Fearing Long Sentence, Man Concocts Bomb Threat In Red Bluff

J. Stephen Conn

Tehama County authorities are holding 35-year-old Trevor Scott James in lieu of $2 million bail after allegedly connecting him with a courthouse bomb hoax Wednesday in Red Bluff.

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Yvette Borden said deputies traced two bomb threat calls to James’ cell phone. Borden said James had been scheduled for sentencing at the courthouse yesterday, after being earlier convicted of possessing stolen property.

The hoax disrupted the court and surrounding businesses for about three and a half hours.  


Earlier story:

The county courthouse was evacuated and parts of downtown were closed off in Red Bluff this morning after police received a bogus bomb threat.

Tehama County Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Yvette Borden said a man has already been detained in connection with the case.

Borden said authorities received a call Tuesday morning at 8:09 warning of bombs placed in several restrooms, and one outside.

The building was quickly evacuated. No bomb was found.

After a second call was received, a suspicious package was located adjacent to an outdoor water fountain. The device was wrapped in electrical tape. The Shasta County bomb squad detonated the item twice. Borden said the device was inactive and made of cotton and likely just a T-Shirt.

No details were available about the suspect. A similar false bomb threat occurred January 11.