Bomb threat at Milo school

Posted Jan. 05, 2009, at 11:12 p.m.

MILO, Maine — The Penquis Valley High School-Middle School was evacuated Monday morning after a bomb threat was found scrawled on a boys restroom wall.

The pupils and teachers were bused to the Milo Elementary School around 9:48 a.m. and were sent home around noon, according to Milo Town Manager Jeff Gahagan.

Milo and Brownville police departments, state police, the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department and Emergency Management Agency Director Tom Iverson Jr. responded to the call from school officials. In addition, Milo firefighters were on call and the Three Rivers Ambulance was on standby.

A search of the school using police dogs revealed no bomb and the search was called off at 1:15 p.m., according to Gahagan.

Gahagan said the threat gave a specific time a bomb would go off. He said he believed it was 12:45 p.m. “It was a very dangerous situation,” Gahagan said.

Police have a person of interest in connection with the threat, according to the town manager.

“With all of the agencies involved, something like this is not only dangerous but it’s expensive to the community,” Gahagan said. “If they do find someone [involved in the threat], I would hope that they’re held accountable for the expense involved.”

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