Police seek NMCC bomb threat suspect

Posted Oct. 05, 2009, at 12:03 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:40 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — While classes at Northern Maine Community College have returned to normal after a bomb threat last week, the Presque Isle Police Department has not shelved its investigation into whoever is responsible for calling in the threat Friday.

Presque Isle police Officer Robert Thibeault confirmed Sunday afternoon that investigators remain on the lookout for the bomber, who disrupted the campus just before the start of morning classes.

Campus officials said the threat was phoned in when two calls were made to two different employee desks. One was made just before 8 a.m., and the other just after 8 a.m.

It is not known at this point whether the calls came from the same person.

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. After the first threat was received, a campuswide emergency alert system relayed a message to students by phone, fax, cell phone, e-mail and other means to evacuate campus. Commuting students were told not to come to campus.

Presque Isle police went to the scene and secured the area, and the Christie Complex and surrounding campus buildings were evacuated, along with students in the residence halls and a series of apartments on campus.

Maine State Police troopers went to the scene, including Trooper Shawn Whalen and 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, but most NMCC employees returned to their offices once all of the buildings had been cleared.

The campus returned to normal Saturday, as NMCC offers several courses on that day.

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.

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