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Transient arrested for Buffalo County Courthouse threat

Steven Lamer is in jail in connection with a bomb threat at the Buffalo County courthouse.
Steven Lamer is in jail in connection with a bomb threat at the Buffalo County courthouse.(Buffalo County Detention Center)
Published: Jan. 8, 2021 at 5:31 PM CST
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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Kearney authorities arrested a homeless man Friday in connection with Thursday’s bomb threat at the courthouse.

The Buffalo County Sheriff announced that local authorities arrested Steve Lamer, 44, Friday afternoon at a parking lot near the 600 block of East 23rd street in Kearney. He was arrested without incident and booked for Threatening Use of Explosives and Theft by Unlawful Taking.

He’s in the Buffalo County jail pending formal charges.

At approximately 8:45 a.m., Thursday Buffalo County authorities received a 911 report from a citizen that suggested a person or persons unknown may have placed a bomb at the Buffalo County courthouse. The alleged threat was non-specific in nature as to the type of device, location or time, or reason.

The Buffalo County Courthouse was evacuated and searched. Nothing unusual was located. The courthouse was closed for just over 2 hours. Assisting deputies at the scene were members of the Kearney Police Department, Kearney Volunteer Fire Department and Buffalo County Emergency Management.

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