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Couple charged in Monroe County Courthouse bomb threats

STROUDSBURG, Pa. - Two people have been arrested in connection with a series of bomb threats at the Monroe County Courthouse in Stroudsburg.

Jesus Castrodad, 49, and his girlfriend, Colleen Kasdaglis, 32, both of Scotrun, are accused of calling in seven bomb threats to the courthouse since July.

Detectives arrested the pair Tuesday after the most recent 911 call earlier that morning.

Police were in Tobyhanna State Park, where several of the recent bomb threat calls were made from, Tuesday morning looking for surveillance video in the case when they learned of another call placed from the park area that morning, according to a press release.

The detectives had noticed a white van in the park earlier and put out an alert for police to be on the lookout for the van. 

It was stopped a short time later in Mount Pocono, and the pair inside eventually admitted to making seven bomb threats since July - on July 9, Sept. 10, Oct. 1, 2, Nov. 2, 5 and 6.

All of the 911 calls said bombs were placed in the courthouse. The threats forced the courthouse and neighboring buildings to be evacuated.

The district attorney's office said the disruptions cost taxpayers tens of thousands of dollars in lost productivity and emergency response costs.

Police said two other threats from May 7 and June 11 are still being investigated.

Castrodad and Kasdaglis are facing charges of threats to use weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats, false alarms to public safety and other offenses. They were jailed on $1 million bail each.

The case was investigated by the Monroe County district attorney's office, Stroud Area Regional police, state police, the FBI and the Secret Service.


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