Ex-employee arrested after threats against Star-Telegram

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A former employee was arrested Friday evening in connection with a series of threats against the Star-Telegram printing plant in south Fort Worth.

Markus Deshun Brooks, 19, of Fort Worth faces a third-degree felony charge of making a terroristic threat, Tarrant County sheriff’s spokesman said. Brooks was booked into the Tarrant County Jail at 9:44 p.m. and was immediately freed on bail, Grisham said.

“The $2,500 bond was set in the arrest warrant,” Grisham said.

Brooks was a part-time packaging inserter for the newspaper until he was terminated June 28, said Matt Byars, the Star-Telegram’s human resources manager.

“He didn’t work here very long, less than a year,” Byars said. “I’m not sure of the circumstances surrounding his termination.”

Deputies responded about 10:40 a.m. Friday to the plant in the 600 block of John B. Sias Memorial Parkway on Friday after dispatchers received a 911 call reporting a threat, Grisham said. Newspaper officials locked down the building for a period during the initial investigation.

“We went to the plant, brought detectives into the game and several other elements of the department,” Grisham said. “They worked the case through a number of angles. All the facts and details of the arrest and the issues around determining his name will come out after all reports are filed.”

Officials declined to specify the exact nature of the threats.

The Star-Telegram announced an agreement to print the paper at The Dallas Morning News production facility in Plano. More than 75 full-time and 200 part-time employees in the Star-Telegram production operation will lose their job when the transition occurs in early 2014.

The printing plant, which is in Edgecliff Village near the intersection of Interstate 35W and Interstate 20, will be sold.

Staff writer Mitch Mitchell contributed to this report.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620 Twitter: @fwstevans

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