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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Man charged in courthouse bomb threat sentenced

  • A Dixon man who was charged with calling a bomb threat into the Pulaski County Courthouse in August 2013 has been sentenced to four years in prison.
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  • A Dixon man who was charged with calling a bomb threat into the Pulaski County Courthouse in August 2013 has been sentenced to four years in prison.
    On Sept. 27, Joshua R. Lachowicz, 32, pleaded guilty to the charges of making terroristic threats and tampering with a judicial proceeding, both class C felonies.
    Lachowicz was transferred to the Missouri Department of Corrections last week to begin serving his four-year sentence for the above two offenses.
    He also received two-eight month sentences for separate probation violations, according to the Pulaski County Sheriff's Office. Judge Ken Clayton presided over the sentence hearing.
    On Aug. 13, a bomb threat was called into the Pulaski County Courthouse by a blocked phone number, but no explosive devices were ever discovered.
    The threat noted that a bomb had been placed in one of the courtrooms and named one judge's court specifically.
    A joint investigation by the Pulaski County Sheriff's Department, Missouri State Highway Patrol and Pulaski County Prosecutor's Office led to Lachowicz's arrest in the bomb threat after learning that the threat was made by a prepaid Tracfone with a SIM card purchased from the Dollar General store in Dixon earlier that morning on Aug. 13.
    Lachowicz was identified from video surveillance at the store.
    According to the sheriff's office, Lachowicz was scheduled to appear in court the morning the threat was made for a pending probation revocation hearing.
    When questioned by investigators, Lachowicz admitted that he phoned in the threat in an attempt to delay his court hearing.
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