Greene County court docket postponed amid confusion about reported protest

Greene County Deputy Albert Smith leaves the courthouse Thursday June 24, 2021. The Greene County Municipal Court canceled its Thursday docket. Jim Noelker/Staff

Combined ShapeCaption
Greene County Deputy Albert Smith leaves the courthouse Thursday June 24, 2021. The Greene County Municipal Court canceled its Thursday docket. Jim Noelker/Staff

Greene County Common Pleas Court cases were postponed Thursday, with one official saying it was related to a threat that prompted evacuation of the offices and another saying no evacuation was ordered.

Workers evacuated around 11 a.m. and sheriff’s deputies checked the court, Clerk of Courts AJ Williams said Thursday.

ExploreMore than a billion people impacted in top U.S. data breaches in 2021

The court canceled its afternoon docket for the day and postponed scheduled hearings and other proceedings as a precaution. Common pleas court is still handling filings, Williams said.

Major Kirk Keller of the Greene County Sheriff’s Office said deputies did not evacuate the courthouse.

“We had heard kind of peripheral information that some folks were going to come and protest at the Greene County courthouse,” Kirk said, adding the potential protesters were “upset about a crackdown on drugs or maybe some type of a drug raid.”

Kirk said no credible threat was found.

“People are more than welcome to protest anywhere they want as long as it’s a legal protest,” he added.

About the Author