COLUMBUS, Ind. (AP) -- Police officers have closed down a street near a central Indiana city's courthouse as investigators work to check out a suspicious package.
Bartholomew County Chief Deputy Todd Noblitt says the 6-inch square package was spotted about 6:40 a.m. Thursday by an officer doing a perimeter check of the courthouse in downtown Columbus.
Noblitt tells The Republic (http://bit.ly/14ZdD1w ) that investigators didn't know what was in the package but were checking whether it was an explosive.
The package appeared to be wrapped in newspaper and was found at one of the courthouse's entrance stairs. Review of a security camera recording found the package was dropped off about midnight at the courthouse in the city about 40 miles south of Indianapolis.