Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

WV State News

March 19, 2013

W.Va. student in custody after college bomb scare

SALEM, W.Va. (AP) — Officials say a Salem International University student has been taken into custody in connection with a bomb threat that disrupted at least one class on campus.

Vice President Eric Kirkland tells media outlets the suspect is a 22-year-old male, but his name has not been released.

Neither school officials nor Salem police immediately responded to phone messages seeking more information.

Kirkland says a security guard called 911 Tuesday morning after the suspect threatened an English class, then left. Officers later found a small black box in his car.

Harrison County Prosecutor Joe Shaffer says it had a green light and was beeping, but Kirkland says police dogs didn't react to the device, so it may not be explosive.

Some students have been relocated while the incident is investigated.

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