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    Stone County Courthouse. (Photo: ArkansasTies.com)

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Ark. (KTHV) - Stone County is considering several options to increase courthouse security.

    The changes stem from an incident that happened on March 8, when a man - just convicted of aggravated robbery and awaiting sentencing - dove head-first out a second story window and landed on a roof below.

    Authorities caught him and he is said to be in fine condition, but because of it, the Court Security and Emergency Preparedness committee is looking at several new security measures.

    Pete Hollingsworth, State Director of Court Security, notified the group recently about grants that are available for these measures. Some of the options being considered include: purchasing tasers; installing panic buttons in courtrooms and all courthouse office; using crash bars for doors to courthouse, which allow someone to push on them open the door to get out, but outsiders can't get in; exploring more training on emergency plans and drills; and updating facility assessment plans.

    A final decision on what to implement will be made April 12, when the group meets again.

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