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Cygnet man arrested for North Baltimore school threat PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK/Sentinel Staff Writer   
Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:29
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NORTH BALTIMORE – Police have arrested a man in connection with a threatening letter that put village schools on high alert earlier this month.
North Baltimore police report that Dwight W. Bower, 57, Cygnet, was arrested Wednesday afternoon and charged with one felony count of inducing panic in connection with the incident.
He was being held in the Wood County jail without bond this morning, and was expected to make a court appearance today.
A safety update on the school district’s website thanked “the NBPD for their diligence in finding the man responsible and making it a priority to keep our students and community safe.”
According to a release, Chief Allan Baer apprehended Bower without incident following a joint investigation conducted among the police, Wood County Sheriff’s Office, the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification, and the U.S. Postal Service.
“A forensic examination of the threatening letter led to the identification of the suspect,” the release stated.
In a statement, Baer noted “this case was of great concern to the police department and especially the parents, children and staff of our schools. We are fortunate that we were able to bring this case to a swift and successful conclusion. The residents deserve closure.”
The letter, received by Superintendent Marlene North on the afternoon of Oct. 3, was described as “an anonymous letter with a non-specific threat.”
“As per our crisis manual, I immediately contacted the authorities,” North wrote in a message to community members at the time.
There was to be heightened police presence at the village schools following the letter, but the schools were not closed as a result of the incident. North noted in her message that “there is nothing to lend credibility to the letter.”
The district has security systems in place, as well as a school resource officer.
Last Updated on Thursday, 24 October 2013 09:42
 

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