UPDATE: Suspect in area school threats waives extradition to Ohio
Update: 5/26/2021 12:00 P.M.
Nicholas Hall has waived his extradition hearing, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s office. He could return to Washington County shortly to face charges.
Update: 5/19/2021 4:30 P.M.
A man who police said called in safety threats to numerous schools in two states-including several Washington County Schools-is indicted by the Washington County Grand Jury.
Nicholas John Frances Hall was arrested May 11 in Georgia, after threats were called into area schools between May 6-11.
He was indicted Wednesday on 22 counts of inducing panic, a second-degree felony.
Those threats prompted a manhunt for Hall, which took authorities to Pennsylvania, and then to Thomson, Georgia, where he was apprehended.
Mark Warden, Chief Deputy for the Washington County Sheriff’s office, tells us Hunt has a hearing scheduled in Georgia June 2, before he can be turned over to Ohio authorities to face the charges he’s been indicted on.
Schools to which threats were called in:
Waterford Elementary and High School (numerous threats)
Fort Frye High School, as well as Beverly Elementary and Lowell Elementary School in the Fort Frye district
Belpre Elementary School
Warren High School
Marietta Middle School
St. Mary’s Catholic School in Marietta
Morgan (County) Junior High School
Caldwell High School in Noble County
Trimble High School in Athens County
Valley High School in Scioto County
North Union High School in Union County
Upper Arlington High School in Franklin County, near Columbus
Minersville High School in Pennsylvania
UPDATE: 5/10/2021, 11:15 A.M.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - Following a bomb threat received by phone at Waterford High School Monday morning, additional safety threats have been reported at Belpre Elementary School and Fort Frye High School.
Belpre Elementary students have been evacuated to the district’s central office and are being sent home on buses, or parents may pick them up. Belpre High School is on lockdown.
At Fort Frye High School and Beverly-Center Elementary, parents can pick up their children at the high school’s football stadium. Buses for both schools departed at 11:30 A.M.
Parents with students at Salem-Liberty High School and Lowell Elementary can pick up their children anytime. Buses will depart from those schools at 1 P.M.
Students at Waterford High School and Elementary have been sent home early.
Fort Fry superintendent Stephanie Starcher says the district was on a two hour delay today which made for a quick turn around time for buss drivers and parents to pick up students. All faculty, students and parents however were able to evacuate the school properties quickly and smoothly.
Washington County Sheriff Mincks says it will be up to the school districts to decide if school will be in person tomorrow.
“All of the grounds at all of those schools has been cleared. There’s no threat and it has been secured and we are having people watch it to make sure that it is secure,” Mincks said.
" think the school administrators will be making the next decision as to what they are going to do as far as having school tomorrow.”
Washington county prosecutor Nicole Coil said a person who makes a threat like this to a school could be charged with a second degree felony for inducing panic, which could mean 2 to 8 years of jail time if found guilty of the felony.
WTAP will continue to provide updates about this developing situation as additional information becomes available.
ORIGINAL STORY: 5/10/2021, 10 A.M.
WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ohio (WTAP) - Waterford High School received a bomb threat Monday morning. The threat came by phone, with the caller essentially stating there was a bomb at the school, said Washington County Sheriff Larry Mincks. This is following previous bomb threats received by phone on May 6 and May 7.
Students have not been evacuated but the school is on lockdown. The Sheriff’s Office is searching the school with a bomb-detecting canine, but the dog has not yet detected anything problematic.
The Sheriff’s Office has also sent its investigative bureau to the scene, and officers are conducting an investigation at the school and the surrounding area, Sheriff Mincks said.
Due to their proximity to Waterford High School, Fort Frye High School and Beverly-Center Elementary are also on lockdown, though no threats have been received at either school. According to a statement posted online by the Fort Frye Local School District, a lockdown means students will remain indoors, there will be no outdoor activities, and no one will be permitted into the school. The district will update parents via social media when normal activities are resumed.
WTAP will continue to provide updates as additional information becomes available.
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