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UPDATE: Bomb Squad Called to Mayor’s Office

The Louisville Metro Police bomb squad has been called to investigate a suspicious package outside the mayor’s office.

The package was found Friday morning and is located behind Metro Hall. Investigators have shut down all vehicle and foot traffic around the building and are keeping all personnel inside.

Police spokesman Dwight Mitchell says suspicious items are reported in downtown Louisville from “time to time”, but investigators are taking the situation seriously.

“We are always going to approach things with cautiousness and want to err on the side of caution. We simply don’t know until we evaluate it,” he says.

A spokesman for Mayor Greg Fischer says he is attending a U.S. Conference of Mayors meeting at Harvard University.

UPDATE:

After being on lock down for an hour and a half, Metro Hall has been declared all-clear by police and streets have been reopened. The bomb squad robot emptied the suspicious package’s contents and found computer parts inside.

“Everything is fine now and operations are back to normal,” says Fischer spokesman Chris Poynter. “There’s always some concern when you hear they’re calling out bomb squad, but our police are great and were quickly out on the job.”

If the mayor were inside his office during the investigation of the package, Poynter says he would have been evacuated by his security detail to a safer location if needed.

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Lady Justice Scales Missing Outside Mayor’s Office

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is asking citizens to help the city recover the scales that belong to Lady Justice, which were apparently stolen outside Metro Hall a year ago.

The artwork is part of the Thomas Jefferson memorial in front of the mayor’s office on Jefferson Street. City officials don’t know how long the scales have been missing, but an archive photo from 2008 shows them intact while a photo from 2010 does not.

Fischer says anyone with information about the scales should contact MetroCall 311 as the city tries to locate the piece.

“Our fear is that someone has sold the scales for scrap. I’m asking local antique stores and scrap metal shops to check their inventory for the artwork. Perhaps an unknowing citizen has purchased the scales from a dealer or another person, not knowing their historic value to the city,” he says.

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Fischer to Reopen Metro Hall’s Front Entrance

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer is permanently reopening the front doors of Metro Hall, which have been closed since merger in 2003.

The opening will be held November 19 on the front steps at 1 p.m. and is a free public celebration that includes tours of the building and music by local choirs.

Fischer is following a similar symbolic step made by the Metro Council, which reopened the main entrance to City Hall in December 2010.

“This historic, beautiful building should be experienced as architect Gideon Shryock intended. Ascending the stone front steps and entering the impressive rotunda is a humbling experience,” says Fischer.