A Hampstead woman charged with making a bomb threat by telephone to the District Court of Maryland for Carroll County was released Tuesday after posting a combined $30,000 bond.
Myra Marcy Baird, 56, of the 4400 block of Woodsmen Drive, is charged with arson threat, conspiracy to commit arson threat and false statement of a destructive device, according to electronic court files. She is also charged with arson threat and threatening to harm a local official because of a threat she allegedly made while in custody, according to charging documents.
Baird allegedly asked an unknown male co-conspirator to make the threatening call to the courthouse Monday morning from the Giant supermarket where she worked, according to the documents.
The three county court buildings were evacuated for several hours while they were searched for explosive devices, according to the documents. None were located.
Police identified Baird as a suspect after tracing the phone number that made the call to the Giant and learning that Baird was scheduled to have a court hearing Monday related to unpaid credit card bills, according to the documents.
Security footage from the Giant showed Baird working at the customer service counter when she picked up the phone and handed it to a male walking into the store, according to the documents.
Baird was arrested at approximately 10:30 p.m. Monday night and transported for processing, according to a news release from the Maryland State Police headquarters.
While in custody, Baird allegedly told a fellow detainee at the detention center that she was scheduled to appear in court for credit card debt but had a male friend call the courthouse to make a bomb threat, according to the documents.
She also allegedly said that the male friend was "capable of taking care of things" and that she could arrange to have him shoot a Maryland State Police trooper involved in her arrest, according to the documents.
The witness told police that Baird allegedly said that she wanted to blow up the car of the District Court commissioner who signed her arrest warrant, according to the documents.
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