3 teen-agers charged in bomb threats at schools

November 02, 1997|By TaNoah Morgan | TaNoah Morgan,SUN STAFF

Three county high school students have been charged with making phony bomb threats that led to evacuations of Old Mill, South River and Southern high schools in separate incidents last week, authorities said.

Two threats occurred at Old Mill in telephone calls to the school Thursday and Friday, in which someone reported that a bomb was planted in the building. School officials evacuated the building after each threat.

Later Friday, three students provided a school administrator with information about a 15-year-old suspect, police said. The student, a ninth-grader from Severn, was questioned by police and charged as a juvenile with two counts of making a false report of a bomb.

He was being held at the Thomas J. S. Waxter Children's Center in Laurel.

Administrators evacuated Southern High about 11 a.m. Friday after a threatening note was found. Police searched the building and found nothing, but another student told police who wrote the note.

A 14-year-old girl from Deale was arrested, and also was being held at the Waxter center.

County police said a 17-year-old Riva youth was arrested after a threat was made at South River High on Tuesday.

Police went to South River shortly before 11 a.m. after a note was found in the school. Two days later a student identified a boy who wrote the note, and an officer arrested the suspect, police said. He was being held at the Cheltenham Youth Facility.

County police have arrested eight people in connection with 35 bomb threats at county schools since the school year began, and are giving rewards to students providing key information.

County police arrested a 16-year-old Hanover boy Thursday and charged him with slashing tires on 15 vehicles in the Hammonds Woods community.

William Ratliff, 57, called police to his home in the 1400 block of Gesna Drive when he found his tires had been slashed.

As Officer Eric Hodge drove through the community on his way to the Ratliff home, he saw several cars with flat tires.

As Hodge spoke to Ratliff, a Kentucky sheriff who was visiting the area talked to a 16-year-old boy who was walking through the neighborhood.

The boy allowed the sheriff to search him, and she found a marijuana pipe in his pocket. The woman showed the device to Hodge, who asked the boy about it.

The boy admitted that he had cut the tires, police said. The boy reached into his pocket, gave the officer a tire punch and was arrested.

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Pub Date: 11/02/97

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