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Latest Bomb Threats Against Grocery Chain Force Store Evacuations in Northwest Louisiana

In recent years the FBI has conducted public awareness campaigns about the dangers and consequences of making bomb threats.
In recent years the FBI has conducted public awareness campaigns about the dangers and consequences of making bomb threats.

The latest email threats against Brookshire's came in at about noon on Sunday, at two of the grocery stores in Bossier City.

A rash of recent bomb threats against Brookshire’s grocery stores in Texas and Arkansas have now impacted stores in Louisiana. The latest email threats against the grocery chain unfolded at about noon on Sunday, at two Brookshire’s stores, one on Airline Drive in north Bossier and the other on Barksdale Boulevard in south Bossier. City spokesman Louis Johnson confirms that a security sweep of the stores led to the all-clear about thirty minutes later.
Recent bomb threats have also plagued numerous other Brookshire’s stores. That includes Tyler, Texas where a bomb threat last Wednesday, June 19, forced the evacuation at the Brookshire’s located on Roseland Boulevard. Tyler Police Public Information Officer Andy Erbaugh tells Red River Radio News that two days later, on Friday, June 21, additional bomb threats forced the evacuation of two other Brookshire’s locations, on E. Fifth Street and Rice Road. Erbaugh says fire investigators are now working on the case to find and arrest whoever is responsible for those threats.
Separate Brookshire’s stores in Albany, Bridgeport, and Brownwood, Texas also received bomb threats, along with stores in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, and stores in several Arkansas locations. Assistant Manager Idalis Murguia, at the Brownwood store, tells BrownwoodNews.com that a police search of the property did not find a bomb and the store was re-opened about an hour later on Sunday.

This Bomb Threat Checklist is a quick reference guide. For more information on this form contact the CISA Office of Bombing Prevention at: OBP@cisa.dhs.gov
This Bomb Threat Checklist is a quick reference guide. For more information on this form contact the CISA Office of Bombing Prevention at: OBP@cisa.dhs.gov

In Bossier City, spokesman Louis Johnson has a message for the person or persons responsible for the bomb threats: “It’s not a game. It’s taken very seriously. It is taken very seriously. It puts the overall citizens in danger. It also utilizes resources that can be used on real emergencies. So we certainly advise not to do it on the one hand. And on the other hand, as it relates to citizens, we must take every threat seriously. And we must address it as though it is real until we can prove it otherwise.”
A bomb threat in Louisiana is punishable by a maximum 15-thousand dollar fine and 15 years in prison. Multiple sources also confirm that Saint Joseph Catholic School in Shreveport received a bomb threat on Sunday, as well. Shreveport Police Public Information Officer Corporal Chris Bordelon confirms that what sounded like a male caller spoke to St. Joseph's answering service at about 12:30 p.m. and claimed there was a bomb on the property at 1210 Anniston Avenue. Cpl. Bordelon says both police and fire crews responded to the scene, but did not find anything.

Originally from the Pacific Northwest, and a graduate of the University of Washington, Jeff began his on-air broadcasting career 33 years ago in the Black Hills of South Dakota as a general assignment reporter.