Local bomb threat a sad sign of times
May 08, 2013 11:55 PM | 2556 views | 5 5 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Call it a sad sign of the times: the fact that the Cobb and Cherokee county courthouses had to be briefly evacuated on Tuesday after a pair of bomb threats were called in.

And call it an unmistakable sign of good detective work that the person apparently responsible for the threats, Marietta Square restaurant owner Jody Wilson, 45, was apprehended not long after allegedly calling in the threats from a Citgo Station on Roswell Street less than a mile his eatery. A sweep of the courthouses found no explosive devices.

Why would a respected restaurateur, whose establishment was often frequented by Cobb’s courthouse crowd thanks to its food and prime location, do something like this? Cobb officials were tightlipped, but their counterparts in Cherokee said Wilson’s Woodstock home was in foreclosure and was slated to be auctioned off on the courthouse steps on the morning that he called in the threat. And reporters for this newspaper determined that his house has been in and out of foreclosure since 2010.

Wilson has been charged with making terroristic threats, giving false statements and a number of other charges, most of them felonies. According to Cherokee officials, Wilson is also charged with making similar threats against the two courthouses back in January. As of this writing, he remains in the Cobb jail.

“We will not tolerate anyone trying to intimidate our court officials, our prosecutors, our citizens that come to this courthouse to conduct business and in this judicial complex,” said Cobb Sheriff Neil Warren. “We will not tolerate any individual making threats against law enforcement officers in this county while they’re doing their jobs.”

The Cobb, Marietta and Cherokee police, sheriffs’ and district attorney’s offices are to be saluted for their swift work in apprehending the bomb threat suspect and for apparently working seamlessly together in the process.

Oh, and by the way — the foreclosure auction on the steps of the Cobb courthouse took place on Tuesday despite the interruption. And that is as it should have been.

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otter357
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May 14, 2013
Why is it "a sad sign of the times"?
Mariemc
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May 09, 2013
Sad he lost more than his house!
Samuel Adams
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May 09, 2013
Perhaps he was hoping the courthouse crowd would come out to his restaurant whilst the courthouse was searched. It's not a good way to do your marketing, but one can see the twisted Obama-economy logic.

So sad that so many have decided to walk away from their homes. Guess the Big O didn't pay those mortgages for them after all.
otter357
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May 14, 2013
Do you really think this has a lot to do with Obama? Your comment is four sentences long and Obama is in two of them. Obama's presidency has something to do with this?... "one can see the twisted Obama economy-logic"? Really? Are you sure its not a bit of projection on your part?
FROM TEXAS
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May 09, 2013
Yea that boy needs to attend Al Qaeda 101 classes, don’t use one of three only remaining pay phones in Marietta. He might have tried doing some catering on weekends even putting cup out for donations how stupid can you be! He should have gotten with Otis and bought a thrown-a-way cell phone that the crack and meth dealers use.
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