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Authorities say threat unfounded at doctors office
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Authorities continue to investigate who called in a bomb threat at a local doctor's office last week.

A bomb detection K9's sweep of the property the morning of Dec. 17 found no proof of a threat, according to Dawson County Sheriff's spokesman Capt. Tony Wooten.

"We did an initial sweep ourselves when the report was first called in, but also brought a bomb detection K9 in from another county to do a sweep, just as a precaution," he said.

Employees at Chestatee Emergent Medical Care received the call just after 8 a.m. warning of a potential bomb at the office on Thompson Road at the intersection of Hwy. 53, east of Dawsonville.

With no threat found, the medical center resumed normal operations that same morning.

Wooten said no arrests have been made in the case, though the reported threat remains under investigation.

If caught, the results of calling in a bomb threat would depend on the nature of the situation, according to Wooten.

"Something like this could be considered and charged as a terroristic threat," he said. "But we've also had others where the suspects were charged with something like domestic terrorism."

Aside from the inconvenience associated with the fraudulent threats, Wooten said investigating the reports also takes officers away from their duties to serve and protect the citizens.

Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at (706) 344-3535.