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Bomb threat closes clinics

An early morning bomb threat forced two women’s clinics to close early Thursday.

South Lake Tahoe police confirmed that an unidentified caller contacted the answering service for the South Lake Tahoe division of Tahoe Women’s Care around 3:30 a.m., asked if there was also a Gardnerville office. The caller announced a bomb would detonate at 4 p.m.

Police said a search was conducted at the South Lake Tahoe office and everything appeared normal. The investigation is ongoing.



The South Lake gynecology and obstetrics clinic of Drs. Gary Willen, Kris Kobalter, and Thomas Goldenberg closed around 3 p.m. The Gardnerville office closed even earlier.

Police confirmed information that an abortion was scheduled for 4 p.m. at one of the clinics. Dr. Willen, however, said no abortion was scheduled in the South Lake Tahoe office, and there was no confirmation that one was planned in the Gardnerville clinic.




“There is no confirmed correlation between the threat and that,” Willen said. “We are not an abortion clinic. We don’t advertise as an abortion clinic. Terminations are very rare, and only performed on longtime patients.”

Willen said there are no abortion clinics on the South Shore and most terminations are performed in Reno.


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