An investigation remained underway and access to several nearby streets was restricted Jan. 31 after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat at Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies in Center Line.

An investigation remained underway and access to several nearby streets was restricted Jan. 31 after an anonymous caller phoned in a bomb threat at Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies in Center Line.

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Bomb threat phoned in at Binson’s in Center Line

UPDATE: Police: 'All buildings clear'

By: Brian Louwers | Warren Weekly | Published January 31, 2019

UPDATE: Center Line Public Safety Department officials state that all buildings are clear. Check back for more on this story.

 

CENTER LINE — An investigation remained ongoing at press time after an anonymous caller reportedly phoned in a bomb threat to a Center Line medical supply business, leading to several buildings being evacuated.

Lt. Thomas Costello, of the Center Line Public Safety Department, said the call came in at roughly 1:15 p.m. Jan. 31 at Binson’s Medical Equipment & Supplies, located at 26834 Lawrence Ave., south of 11 Mile Road and west of Van Dyke Avenue.

“No specifics saying it’s going to be in a package or it’s going to be in a certain location,” Costello said. “Binson’s owns roughly five buildings. We have to check out all of the buildings.”

The investigation involving multiple law enforcement agencies resulted in a temporary closure of eastbound 11 Mile Road along the Interstate 696 service drive, east of Mound Road.

Costello said K-9 teams from the Roseville Police Department and the Michigan State Police were on the scene and that dogs from other jurisdictions were requested, based on the extensive search of multiple buildings.

The buildings were evacuated and employees were reportedly sent home while the investigation continued, due to the extreme cold temperatures.

“We’re doing the detective work, but that’s secondary to making sure everyone is safe and the buildings are clear,” Costello said last week. “Once that process starts, then we’ll dive into trying to figure out who this person is. We’re not very happy with him.”

Costello said there was no grievance or motive revealed on the call placed directly to Binson’s.

“Nothing. We know it was a male on the phone. That’s it,” Costello said.

Commercial and residential access to the immediate area remained restricted in some places as the investigation continued that afternoon.

The business is owned by Center Line Mayor Robert Binson’s family.

“We told the employees we were closing up, to get their stuff and leave. It was orderly,” Binson said. “We have dogs searching just to make sure, here in the building, to make sure everything’s clear.”

The mayor said he hopes the city’s investigators can locate the person responsible for making the threat.

“I hope they do. I think my guys are the best and they’re going to do a good job,” Binson said.  

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