Justice Complex Temporarily Closes its Doors

February 17, 2006-- Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST

JONESBORO-- While the Jonesboro Police Department gears up for icy conditions and the accidents the weather may bring, they are also worrying about their own safety.

A structural problem with the Justice Complex has forced all who work inside, out.

"For safety sake and because of the weather coming in, we decided to go ahead and evacuate," Chief of Police Michael Yates says.

As engineers came in today to survey the conditions of the complex, employees heard a huge crackling from the ceiling.

"We want to make sure that we do everything cautiously here and do what's right. The safety of our employees is the number one issue here. We also want to make sure that nothing happens here that would stop the department from functioning or even slow them down," Mayor Doug Formon says.

The department has moved just across the parking lot to the old city hall building as a cautionary measure, and there is no word on when they will be able to return to the complex... And with the threat of ice, city officials have fears the problem could only get worse.

"I don't think we're looking at a structural collapse, but we're going to air on the side of caution," Yates says.

While these officers feel displaced, they say they 'all be working just as diligently as the weather moves in... And as for when the complex will be in stable condition, only time will tell.

"We have to have some sort of building to operate the police department out of. Whether it means just restoring the building just to make sure it's safe, and we're going to make sure it's safe, we're going to fix this problem as soon as possible," Mayor Formon says.