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Unknown substance sends 3 courthouse officers to hospital

HazMat officials have been called to Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse.
HazMat officials have been called to Hamilton's John Sopinka Courthouse. File / Global News Radio 900 CHML

Three courthouse Constables have been taken to hospital for evaluation after an unknown substance was brought into the John Sopinka Courthouse Wednesday.

The HAZMAT team was called to the downtown location just before noon after courthouse officers, almost simultaneously, seized an unknown substance during routine searches of two men.

Hamilton Police Media Relations Officer, Const. Jerome Stewart, says the substances are “believed to be a controlled drug.”

Stewart says the officers were taken to hospital as a precaution and were released.

Officers had blocked off part of Main Street, between Hughson and John, for about four hours.

Court proceedings were not affected.

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The Hazardous Materials Unit was called to Holmes Avenue, near St. Mary High School, Tuesday afternoon to investigate an incident at a residence.

Officials gave the all clear several hours later, and say it turned out to be a mental health related call.

Last week, a 33-year-old man was charged with public mischief after the courthouse was evacuated when two suspicious packages were found nearby.