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Bullet clears Johnson courtroom
No gun found, one person detained
by Chris McDavid

PAINTSVILLE — Johnson County Family Court continued into the late hours Monday because of an extended delay prompted by the discovery of a bullet on the courtroom floor.

Court bailiffs cleared Judge Stephen Nick Frazier’s courtroom Monday after the bullet was discovered. One local resident, who was believed to have brought the shell to court, was detained for several hours, but later released.

Preparing for the worst, bailiffs searched the courtroom and everyone in attendance, but no weapon was found. All court-goers who returned to the courtroom were also searched.

Sheriff Bill Witten said Tuesday that the clearing of the courtroom and searches were conducted by court bailiffs as a precautionary measure.

Reports indicate that court continued as late as 10 p.m. Monday because of the scare.

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