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Date: November 10, 2009
By: Max Reiss
State Capitol Bureau

Intro:  Police searched all ten floors of the Governor Office Building, no hostage found.
RunTime:  0:34
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: An ordeal that started this morning involving what was rumored to be a hostage situation ended about an hour ago.

SWAT teams, police and a helicopter hovering overhead all just left the area 2 blocks away from the Missouri Capitol Building.

Jefferson City Police said "it's all done."

Officers wouldn't confirm or deny a hostage situation or even say if everyone in the building across form the governor's mansion was safe.

Throughout the afternoon law enforcement officials calmly escorted everyone from the building.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120 KMOX.

Intro:  Jefferson City Police say a phone call to a security company sparked law enforcement officials to descend on a downtown Jefferson City office building.
RunTime:  0:37
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: No hostages. No violence. No one hurt.

Jefferson City Police say a woman in an office 2 blocks from the state Capitol building, called the building's security company and said there was a hostage situation.

The woman claimed she heard it over an office intercom.

That security company then called Jefferson City Police.

Law enforcement officials including SWAT team members evacuated all 150-plus employees inside the building early Tuesday afternoon.

A spokesman for the Jefferson City Police says the department does not yet know where the talk of a hostage crisis came from.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

 

Intro:  Jefferson City Police say there was no hostage situation in an office building today and everyone is safe and sound.
RunTime:  0:43
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: It all started with a woman who thought she heard the elevator intercom say there was a hostage crisis on the fifth floor.

The building is just down the street from the Missouri State Capitol.

Jefferson City police say there was no hostage situation but stopped short of calling it a hoax or false alarm.

Actuality:  JCPD1.WAV
Run Time:  00:07
Description: "At this point I'm not going to say. Until we have our facts I'm not going to sit and here and second guess. . . and play that."

Police still don't know what the woman might have heard to cause such a stir.

About 60 law enforcement officials ranging from federal marshals to county sheriffs helped evacuate more than 150 people out of the downtown Jefferson City building.

Reporting from the state Capitol, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.

Intro:  Jefferson City Police refuse to call what happened Tuesday a false alarm or a hoax but there was no hostage crisis.
RunTime:  0:43
OutCue:  SOC

Wrap: A Missouri State Highway Patrol helicopter patrolled Jefferson City's skies for several hours during what was rumored to be a hostage situation in an office building.

Now Jefferson City police say there was no stand off. Everyone is safe and sound - no one behind bars.

Police Captain Doug Shoemaker stood in the building when the commotion started. 

Actuality:  JCPD2.WAV
Run Time:  00:12
Description: "There was a P.A. announcement from within the building that said, over the intercom, audible to those officers, myself included present inside that there was a hostage situation on the fifth floor."

Police say a woman thought she heard an elevator intercom say there was a hostage crisis which started the ordeal.

Reporting from Jefferson City, I'm Max Reiss, Newsradio 1120, KMOX.


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