Courthouse back to normal; letter writer behind bars

A Warren resident is in custody after a threatening letter locked down the Warren County Courthouse on Wednesday.

Scott Edward Muzzy, 41, 9 N. Carver St., was located in Warren and taken into custody Wednesday and later reportedly admitted to writing a letter indicating a threat to the courthouse.

“I’m about to become HOT and I’m taking the courthouse with me,” Muzzy wrote in a letter left at his father’s residence, according to the criminal complaint. The letter was signed, “Stay away from the courthouse, Scott.”

According to police, the letter was found at Muzzy’s father’s house and brought to the county jail by a family member on Tuesday. The sheriff’s office was advised Muzzy had written the letter and that he had “been acting very strange”.

Throughout Tuesday night, correctional staff at the jail were advised to do periodic security checks of the courthouse until “all the information could be reviewed and a plan put in place to reduce further exposure of the Warren Co. Courthouse,” the criminal complaint says.

On Wednesday morning, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office put the courthouse on lockdown and established a single point of entry through the Fifth Avenue entrance. The main entrance on Fourth Avenue was closed.

“The Warren County Sheriff’s Office has received information concerning a potential threat directed towards the Warren County Courthouse,” Sheriff Ken Klakamp said in a press release on Wednesday. “As a result of a meeting between the Sheriff, Courts and County Commissioners concerning the threat, security at the courthouse has been elevated.”

Muzzy was found in a vacant apartment on Carver Street where he told police he had written the letter on Wednesday. He was transported to the state police barracks, read his Miranda rights, shown the letter and again confirmed to police he wrote it.

Muzzy was arraigned before District Justice Glenn Carlson and bail was set at $35,000. He was unable to post bail and was committed to the Warren County Jail.

He is charged with terroristic threats and disorderly conduct and is scheduled for a preliminary hearing on Wednesday, Aug. 14 at 2 p.m.

State police said that the City of Warren Police Department and the Warren County Sheriff’s Office assisted in the investigation.

The courthouse was returned to normal security status on Thursday.