Niagara Gazette

February 12, 2014

Falls police to announce arrest of suspect on Monday's bomb threats

Staff Reports
Niagara Gazette

Niagara Falls police have called a news conference for 5 p.m. where they are expected to announce the arrest of a suspect in connection with bomb threats made earlier this week at the Niagara Falls and Niagara-Wheatfield high schools. 

The threatening phone calls, placed to the county's 911 call center early Monday, prompted the evacuation of students and faculty in Niagara-Wheatfield and a precautionary lockdown of the Falls high school, delaying classroom activities for hours. 

With both Niagara-Wheatfield High School and Edward Town Middle School empty, bomb-sniffing dogs from the sheriff's office, the State Police and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority Police swept both buildings and quickly notified district officials the conjoined buildings were safe to re-enter.

A team of three police K-9 units was used to search the Falls high school building as well. 

Falls district officials also dealt with a second threat issued Monday when an anonymous call was placed to Hyde Park Elementary at 12:18 p.m. 

Falls police have been working with investigators from the Niagara County Sheriff's Criminal Investigation Bureau in an effort to identify the source of the telephone calls.

The Niagara Gazette will make additional information available following today's press conference.