BENTON — A Johnston City man has been charged with two counts of disorderly conduct in connection to a bomb threat that was made last week at the Franklin County Courthouse.

According to a court information document filed Oct. 5 in Franklin County, Robert E. Bell, 59, is charged with two counts of disorderly conduct.

A warrant has been issued for his arrest, according to a release from the Franklin County Sheriff's Office; the bond on the warrant is $200,000.

The first count, which is a Class 3 felony, charges that on Sept. 27, Bell allegedly committed the offense of disorderly conduct in that he knowingly transmitted a false alarm that a bomb was concealed in the Franklin County Courthouse where its explosion would endanger human life while there were no reasonable grounds to believe a bomb was concealed at the courthouse.

The second count, a Class 4 felony, says Bell allegedly knowingly called 911 for the purpose of making false alarm that a bomb was located in the courthouse, when he knew there were no reasonable grounds for making the call and knew the call could result in the response of public safety agencies.

According to records on, it appears Bell was scheduled to appear in Franklin County Court on a felony theft charge the same date the bomb threat was called in.

He is currently in custody at the Williamson County Jail on unrelated charges, according to the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

The bomb threat closed the Franklin County Courthouse and the public square in Benton for several hours on Wednesday, Sept. 27.


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