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April 21, 2013

Investigators say there are suspects in hospital bomb threat; all clear for patients to return

CULLMAN — A law enforcement official says there are “people of interest” related to three bomb threats to hospitals, including Cullman Regional Medical Center.

Authorities are have completed a sweep of CRMC as police officers, deputies, hospital personnel and other emergency responders work in pairs. The Cullman Police Department also has a bomb dog on the scene.

The bomb threat was received at 9 p.m. for two hospitals in Marshall County and CRMC.

“All of the patients were evacuated safely under CRMC’s emergency plan to Woodland and the civic center,” Police Chief Kenny Culpepper said. “There are people of interest through the investigation, and most of that is coming out of Marshall County at this time. It would be premature to speculate why this happened.”

Assistant Police Chief Craig Green said 53 patients were evacuated from CRMC. The intensive care patients were taken to the old Woodland Hospital, while others went to Cullman Civic Center.

“There were additional ambulances here as well as CARTS and some of our vehicles,” Green said.

Culpepper said the evacuation was carried out safely and rapidly after the threat was received.

“We had response from the Sheriff’s Office, Fire and Resuce, the police department and other emergency responders,” Culpepper said.

CRMC chief executive officer Jim Weidner also said the evacuation was carried out under an existing emergency plan. The hospital was declared safe by about 10:30 p.m. Arrangements are being made to return patients to the hospital.

 

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