A recent tightening of security at the Madison County Courthouse has resulted in some issues for visitors who arrive with banned items. No longer allowed are electronic devices, foods, liquids, and lighters. The security changes were brought about in part to bring security to a federal level, but also avoid potential problems similar to what happened recently between a soon to be divorced couple, in which security guards mixed up their cell phones and the husband blamed security for the breach of privacy.
Madison County Chief Deputy Sheriff, Major Brad Wells, says people who drive can put those items in their car, but for those using public transportation, their options have often been limited to hiding the banned items outside the courthouse, often to come back and find them gone.
The county's finance committee approved the purchase earlier this week, and the full Madison County Board will ponder the issue next Wednesday. The committee approved spending $19,000 for the lockers, which would be placed in the Madison County Courthouse and the Criminal Justice Center. The low bid came in at $14,000.