Vidalia Man Charged With Making Bomb Threats
Local authorities have charged a Vidalia man in connection with two bomb threats in Toombs County in November. Rodney Steven Weeks, 44, is being held at the Toombs County Jail as he awaits his first court appearance.
A press release issued last week by Captain Jordan Kight of the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office reports that an investigation linked Weeks to bomb threats at the Toombs County Courthouse and a Lyons convenience store.
Kight said, on November 15 at approximately 10:06 a.m., Toombs County 911 Dispatch received a call from the Toombs County Magistrate’s Office stating that a caller with a restricted phone number reported a bomb in the Toombs County Courthouse.
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Sheriff’s Office, which is in charge of courthouse security, responded to evacuate all staff and citizens to a safe location. After securing the courthouse, deputies conducted a search but did not discover a bomb. An all-clear was issued and the courthouse was reopened to employees and the public at 1 p.m.
As part of the investigation, officers utilized the assistance and resources of the Middle Judicial Circuit District Attorney’s Office in helping to identify a suspect in the incidents. As the case progressed, the Sheriff’s Office learned that the Lyons Police Department was probing a bomb threat called into a local convenience store in Lyons on November 24.
Eventually, enough evidence was obtained to implicate a suspect and Toombs County authorities obtained a warrant to arrest Weeks for Terroristic Threats and Acts.
The case is still active and the Toombs County Sheriff’s Office asks that anyone with information contact law enforcement at 912-526-6778. Callers may remain anonymous.