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WARREN SCHOOLS Police seek person behind bomb threat



Published: Sat, September 15, 2001 @ 12:00 a.m.



WARREN -- Police are searching for the person who told officials that a bomb was set to go off Friday at Harding High School.

Police Chief John Mandopoulos said someone using a cellular telephone called 911 around 7 a.m. and said a bomb was going to go off at the school. Since the person used a cellular phone, the call was received by the Southington post of the Ohio State Highway Patrol, Mandopoulos said.

The chief said the school was evacuated, and city police and fire department officials as well as OSHP troopers searched the building.

When nothing was found, the students were allowed to return to the building, the chief said.

At 7:25 a.m., however, another cellular telephone call was made to 911. The caller said the bomb was going to be set off at 8 a.m., officials said.

The building again was evacuated and students and staff were sent to St. Demetrius Community Center. At 8:15 a.m., police and school officials decided it was safe for students to return to school.

Because of the disruptions and the fact that several students were picked up by their parents, school officials chose to dismiss the students around 10 a.m.

Highway patrol officials said the post was not able to record the telephone calls because of technical problems with their equipment, however.

Mandopoulos added that four police officers also searched the football stadium. The chief said officers stayed at the stadium for most of the day to make sure no problems would take place during Friday night's football game.




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