Security stepped up at Elko County courthouse

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Updated: 12/26/2013 2:34 pm

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Stepped-up security including screening for metal objects has prompted the closure of several entrances to the Elko County courthouse in northeast Nevada, including the main doors on Idaho Street and Sixth Street.

Sheriff Jim Pitts tells the Elko Daily Free Press the new security system affects patrons and visitors to all courtrooms, along with county departments at the courthouse.

Beginning Monday, people began passing through a metal detector staffed by sheriff's deputies at the Court Street courthouse entrance.

Guns are prohibited, and the sheriff's office asks people to leave items such as pocketknives at home so deputies don't have to store them while owners are in the courthouse.

County employees with badges can move to the front of a screening line.

The county approved $260,000 for the security measures.

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