Superior Court Judge Doug Parsons helped tighten the county’s courthouse security Monday night, telling the Sampson Board of Commissioners he would enter an order that by April 1, 2014 anyone that enters the county’s three courthouses will do so through metal detectors.
Parsons furthered said his order would also stipulate that a working panic button be installed and in use by June 1.
Commissioners unanimously approved putting into effect what Parsons’s mandated “at a minimum” by those dates. In the meantime board members said they would continue to meet to see how the measures would be funded.
In addition to needed equipment to meet Parson’s order, Sampson Sheriff Jimmy Thornton said it would take five additional deputies, serving as bailiffs, to man the detectors and provide the necessary security.
See the complete story in Wednesday’s Sampson Independent and updates tomorrow on our website.