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Sheriff: Bomb threat made to avoid drug test

Court records show Bowers was scheduled for a review with a Court Referral Officer Thursday, the day three bomb threats were allegedly made.
Sheriff Andy Hughes said a man threatened to detonate a bomb at Houston County to avoid testing positive for drugs during a court ordered hearing. Timothy Bernard Bowers, 33, of Dothan was arrested late Sunday and charged with three counts of Making Terror Threats.

Court records show Bowers was scheduled for a case review with a Court Referral Officer Thursday, the day three bomb threats were allegedly made. The review was in connection with an earlier conviction for smuggling marijuana into the Houston County Jail. “He had a hearing and knew he would test positive for illegal drugs,” Hughes said.

Bowers is accused of making three separate threatening telephone calls---one each to the 911 communications center, the Dothan Fire Department Central Station, and the Clerk’s office. “I don’t want to get into all the specifics but I’ll tell you our investigator, Ricky Herring, worked hard to crack this case,” Hughes said. The sheriff said Bowers confessed to making the threats.

Employees of the courthouse were evacuated as a precautionary measure, interrupting operations for about two hours. “If anybody else has an idea to make such threats they need to understand advanced technology means we’ll probably catch them and, when we do, we’ll try to put them in prison,” Hughes said.

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