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Prosecutors: Delafield man charged after making bomb threat to Waukesha County Courthouse

Prosecutors: Delafield man charged after making bomb threat to Waukesha County Courthouse

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Updated: 7:06 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The man arrested in connection to Monday’s bomb threat at the Waukesha County Courthouse was back in the exact place he was trying to avoid Tuesday.

Jeffery Ferrick, 55, of Delafield faces three charges of bomb scare, terrorist threats and felony bail jumping.

According to prosecutors, he was expected to be in court Monday for a prior case. “This defendant had a court date yesterday morning, he’s out on felony bail.”

Instead, he allegedly made two anonymous calls – the first to a local media outlet claiming five bombs were in the building and they were set to go off. It caused the courthouse and administration building to be evacuated. The juvenile and wellness centers were also cleared. 

“We have on a typical day about four to 500 employees working in the two buildings, and a thousand constituents coming into the buildings for different things, so we wanted to make sure they’re all safe,” said Paul Farrow, Waukesha County Executive.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferrick made the calls from Aurora Summit Hospital and Waukesha Memorial Hospital. He was caught on surveillance video leaving the hospitals.

“It’s a frightening experience to people in the courthouse. It’s scary to our employees.” said Waukesha County Sheriff Eric Severson. “In today’s world, the concept of bombings really touches nerves.”

Prosecutors also said deputies found 17 guns, including semi-automatic assault rifles at his home. It’s not clear when the weapons will be seized.

Ferrick's bail was set at $150,000 cash. He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device. 

As for the proceedings that were cancelled, they will be rescheduled. For more information, click here.

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Posted: 2:27 p.m. on Jan. 7, 2020

WISCONSIN (CBS 58) -- The man accused of calling in a bomb threat at the Waukesha County Courthouse has been charged.

Jeffery Ferrick, 55, of Delafield is charged with three counts -- bomb scare, terrorist threats, and felony bail jumping.

Prosecutors say he caused about 1,300 people to be evacuated from the courthouse and administration building on Monday, Jan. 6, after allegedly calling a local media outlet and claiming that multiple bombs were placed in the courthouse.

A second call was received by the Waukesha County Communications Center from an anonymous male who gave similar information.

Deputies searched Ferrick's home Monday night and found 17 firearms.

Bail was set at $150,000 cash. Ferrick was ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

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