This story was updated at 5 p.m. 

OGDEN — Ogden Police are, once again, investigating a bomb threat at the courthouse in downtown Ogden. 

At 1:11 p.m. Tuesday, officers responded to a bomb threat at the Ogden District Court at 2525 Grant Ave. in Ogden, according to Weber County Emergency Dispatch. 

The building was evacuated as a precaution and given an all clear notice around 2:50 p.m., according to Lt. Mike Boone with the Ogden Police Department. A police dog completed a sweep of the building. 

Court services resumed for the afternoon following the sweep of the building, according to Geoffrey Fattah, the Utah State Courts communication director. 

Boone said the bomb threat was phoned into 911 dispatchers from a cell phone. Police are following up on leads and the case is active and ongoing as of Tuesday evening. 

This is not the first time local police have received bomb threats against the district court. 

Bomb threats were called into the Ogden courthouse three weeks in a row in April 2018. After each threat, the courthouse was searched and cleared with no signs of a bomb being found. The searches involved a number of agencies and personnel, including specialized bomb-sniffing dogs. The delays also caused a lengthy backlog in cases, causing delays and headaches to a number of court officials. 

Tonisha Chontae Lester, 44, was later charged with three counts of making a false alarm related to a weapon of mass destruction, a second-degree felony, in connection with those threats. Lester allegedly called in the threats to keep her boyfriend, Jerry Kenton Larkin, out of jail. Larkin had hearings scheduled each time the threats were called in. 

The state charges against Lester were later dropped when she was indicted Aug. 8, 2018 by a federal grand jury on three counts of threatening the use of explosives. As of Tuesday, her three-day federal jury trial is set to begin on April 22. 

Reach city editor Jessica Kokesh at 801-625-4229 or You can also follow her on Twitter at @JessicaKokesh.

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