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Courthouse threat thwarted

Sheriff’s Office deputies defuse potential tragedy


November 5, 2020

A local man was arrested on Thursday before he could carry out a plan to shoot an employee within the Crook County Courthouse.

Sheriff’s Office deputies apprehended county resident John Roscoe at his home thanks to a warning call from a member of the public.

The call came in at around 3:40 p.m. on October 29 that Roscoe was “upset and had a gun”, according to incident reports from the Sheriff’s Office.

Before long, law enforcement had reason to believe Roscoe was targeting a specific person within the courthouse.

The incident report states that three deputies were dispatched to R...

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