Woman charged after Christian County courthouse evacuated

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UPDATE: Christian County Sheriff Brad Cole said Rebecca Lynn Hucker, 38, of Springfield was charged with possession of a controlled substance and unlawful use of drug paraphernalia.

She is being held on a $5,000 bond. If she makes the bond she is to be on house arrest and be GPS monitored.

More charges might be coming down today based on the suspect’s actions while she was being booked.

UPDATE: Three of the four deputies hospitalized have been checked out and released.

Sheriff Brad Cole said the fourth is off duty until Monday (11/25/2019).

Hazmat crews did clear the scene.

The suspect claims the substance was methamphetamine. A crime lab is testing it and we are waiting on those results.

The suspect is currently quarantined in jail as a prosecutor works to file charges.

UPDATE: Hasmat teams have field-tested the substance that made the deputies sick and the results came back unknown.

The substance will be sent to a crime lab for further testing.

Crews will spend the entire night cleaning the building and plan to be ready to open tomorrow morning.

CHRISTIAN COUNTY, Mo.– The Christian County Courthouse has been evacuated after an unknown substance inside of a woman’s purse made several people sick.

Christian County Sheriff, Brad Cole, said a lady came into the circuit court building and went through the security area and while deputies checked her bag one deputy fainted. The female deputy was believed to have been exposed to an unknown substance

The deputy was then transferred to the hospital via ambulance.

The woman has been taken into custody.

30 minutes after the deputy fainted, three other deputies got shortness of breath and were transferred to hospital.

All four are in stable condition and going through the decontamination process.

The entire courthouse was evacuated.

The Springfield fire team is on the scene with the hazmat teams and citizens should still stay out of the area.

This is a developing story.

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