PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A bomb threat at Northern Maine Community College on Friday morning sent police and a bomb-sniffing canine scurrying to the scene and gave students a day off from classes.
Jason Parent, director of development and college relations, said Friday that two calls were made to two different employee desks. One was made just before 8 a.m. and the other came in just after 8 a.m.
Presque Isle police Sgt. Joey Seeley said the threat was directed at the Christie Complex, a major campus facility that contains a number of classrooms and is connected to the school library.
Presque Isle police officers went to the scene and secured the area. Police and campus personnel evacuated the Christie Complex and surrounding campus buildings.
Students in the residence halls and a series of apartments on campus also were evacuated.
The Presque Isle Fire Department was placed on standby.
Parent said the campus has an emergency alert system in place to let students know when such an event occurs. After the first threat was received, a message was sent out to students by phone, fax, cell phone, e-mail and other means to evacuate campus. Commuting students were told not to come to campus.
Maine State Police troopers went to the scene and Trooper Shawn Whalen arrived with his bomb-sniffing dog Bailey.
The complex was searched and nothing was found. The search ended by 10:45 a.m.
Classes were canceled for the remainder of the day. Because of the alert system, some students knew of the closure before they left home.
Parent said most employees returned to their offices once all of the buildings had been cleared.
“It was an unfortunate incident that we wish would not have happened,” he said Friday.
By early Friday evening, no arrests had been made.
PIPD Detective Bill Scull is leading the investigation with assistance from Officer Peter Johnson.
The perpetrator could face charges of terrorizing, a Class C felony punishable by up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.