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Bomb dog, Burbon, helps with the search of daycare after a bomb threat on Tuesday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (KMIZ)

K-9 Officer Adam Hoskins and his dog, Burbon, have been assisting in bomb searches across Mid-Missouri since 2018.

Hoskins and Burbon train every week in Columbia with the master trainer out here. Hoskins said that they were in the middle of a training exercise when the Columbia Police Department requested their assistance in a bomb search.

Hoskins said he was happy to help and they headed straight to the Columbia KinderCare after Alexzander Green called in a bomb threat at the daycare on Tuesday.

"We went there, assisted with searching the perimeter and the interior for any explosive devices with the bomb techs and team, and Columbia Police Department, Columbia Fire Department, and everybody was there, and everybody did a great job securing the perimeter, and evacuating the students," said Hoskins.

Hoskins said, "Any situation is dangerous, regardless of what it is, because it's obviously somebody called in a bomb threat of some kind so the potential hazard of there actually being a bomb at any given time is there."

Hoskins has been in the force since 2015 and got his eight-year-old Springer Spaniel in 2018, Burbon is from Poland, and Hoskins is actually his second handler. Hoskins said that Burbon will continue to work by his side for as long as Burbon can work. "He should be so long as he is medically able, be able to do the job for another 4,5,6 years." 

Homeland Security gave the Capitol Police a grant in 2018 to add Burbon to the team. The grant covered the $10,589 for Burbon, $22,550 for the K-9 patrol car, and $1,264 for the training. Homeland Security and the Capitol police have an agreement that requires Hoskins and Burbon to assist with any search in and around the area.

Alexzander Green was arrested in Atchison, Kansas Thursday by local police. ABC 17 reached out to the Columbia Police Department to find out when Green will be extradited back to Columbia, but they have not gotten back to us at this time.

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  1. With bomb threats the first responders do not like to talk too much on the radio. This incident was a lot different than the fake grenade on Broadway the other day. From the police and fire scanner:

    Police Dispatch to Sergeant: “You have a very sensitive nature (code words for bomb threat) call. If you take a look (at the notes on your mobile computer terminal – MCT) please. We are also calling the Fire Chief.”

    Sergeant: “Copy. I will be enroute. Send me a couple more.” Officers from the north side of town are also dispatched.

    Fire Dispatch: alert tones, computer voice: “Ladder 2, fire alarm, 2416 West Ash, KinderCare…” Since dispatch does not want to send unsuspecting fire men into a bomb threat, they call Ladder 2 on the radio and say: “Ladder 2 can you call Communications (on your cell phone)?”

    Police Channel 2 is restricted. The Sergeant tells Dispatch: “I sent some questions up by MCT. Let me know the answers on the radio and in notes please when you have it.”

    Officers discuss their plans as they are driving to the scene. Officer asks Sergeant: “Do you want us to stage or start evacuating?” Sergeant says to wait because he is trying to find out how many people are in the facility.

    Police Lieutenant radios Sergeant: “Hey, if we get a couple officers up there, let’s start getting people out.”

    12:30 pm the first officer arrives and the Sergeant tells him: “(Bomb response details withheld) Let’s start filing people out, no bags, no picking up anything, just clothes on their backs.”

    A police command post is set up a short distance away. Officers start escorting people out of the facility.

    1. 12:34 pm A Fire Chief responds to the scene.

      12:35 pm Sergeant tells officers to take a head count to make sure they have everyone.

      Officer reports: “Right now we have the majority of them (people from the day care – excited young voices in the background) headed west over by where fire is staged.” They go across the street to the Broadway Christian Church property and hang out under the trees in the shade.

      Traffic is shut down on adjacent streets and the insurance agency across the street is evacuated. Head count reveals two daycare staff are missing. Officer reports: “We are missing two teachers they believe they are on break and are calling them now (children singing Row, Row, Row Your Boat heard in the background).”

      Sergeant confirms the missing staff have been accounted for, they are, and tells officer: “Get them into that church if you can to get them out of the heat.”

      Bomb squad officer reports: “MUPD is arriving with a K unit (police dog). They also say Capitol (police) is on their way with one as well.” That would be Burbon the bomb dog.

      Officers call Dispatch asking for a key holder from Broadway Christian Church to let them in. Moments later police make contact with someone at the church to open the door.

      12:56 pm, “The school is pushing all the requested info to parents now.” Stand by for parents to arrive at the scene.

      The police Lieutenant authorizes Dispatch to “ping” the cell phone of the suspect to see where he is located. Always carry your personal tracking device with you at all times so the government knows where you are.

      Officer reports the kids and staff are secure inside the church building and “I have established perimeter security here.” Sergeant tells him to “maintain that until further notice.” Then the Sergeant says: “I do not want any students or staff leaving for the time being, that is short term just relay to them. We are going to keep everyone planted at least until we get this cleared.” I am sure the parents will love to hear that.

      The media is showing up and the Lieutenant calls Dispatch to say “media staging will be on the west end of the permitter, on Ash Street near Fairview.”

      1. 1:17 pm, Officer to command post: “I got parents showing up trying to take their kids. Can we release?” Sergeant tells the officer to call him first. Twenty-one minutes from the parent notification to the first arrivals. I am surprised it took that long.

        Dispatch to Sergeant: “We have got some parents now starting to call (911). They are wanting contact.”

        Sergeant replies: “Copy. They can be directed to the church near our location where they have evacuated the children to. I have units on scene to facilitate pick up.” Good idea. The cops would probably rather face a mad bomber than a bunch of upset Moms.

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