Scottsville in Chaos Due to a Threatening Phone Call

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A double murder trial that was supposed to begin in Allen County on Sept. 26, 2006, has been postponed one day after authorities received a threatening call.

The Allen County Sheriff's Department said a call came in around 7:30 a.m. that forced the evacuation of the courthouse, an area factory and Allen County schools. The threats co-incited with the start of the trial of Lonnie Freeman and Dustin Asher who are accused in a 2005 double murder.

"911 is trying to locate where the call came from. It was a cell phone. Right now we're just not sure," said Allen County Sheriff Les Marsh.

Two victims were found burned beyond recognition in a vehicle on Halifax Road in July 2005.
Judge William Harris said potential jurors will return to the courthouse the morning of Sept. 27, 2006, for the start of the trial.

Meanwhile, school officials tell WBKO everyone is safe and the schools will remain on lockdown mode for the rest of the day, which means no one will be allowed in or out of the building.