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UPDATE: Nothing dangerous found in suspicious duffel bag inside courthouse Submitted: 02/10/2014
Story By Dan McKinney


RHINELANDER - UPDATE: February 10, 2014 6:53 p.m.

Police found nothing dangerous inside a suspicious duffel bag found at the
Oneida County Courthouse early Monday morning.

Employees inside the building were told to leave their offices just after 2 p.m.

Police say attempts to find the owner of the duffel bag were unsuccessful.

The Marathon County and Oneida County bomb squad investigated the duffel bag.

They found nothing dangerous inside.

The courthouse did close Monday afternoon. According to a Oneida County
Sheriff's Office press release, the courthouse will re-open Tuesday morning at 8
a.m.


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A report of a suspicious bag forced the Oneida County Courthouse in Rhinelander
to evacuate today.

Earlier this morning a black duffle bag was found on the ground floor of the
courthouse. Employees inside the building were told to leave their office just
after 2.

They waited in the lobby until the courthouse was eventually closed by police
at 3:30. Marathon County and Oneida County bomb squad were called in to
investigate the duffle bag.


UPDATE: Nothing dangerous found in suspicious duffel bag inside courthouse

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