Thursday, April 18, 2013

Bomb Scare Closes CR Campus [Re-updated]

Posted By on Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 2:04 PM


Looks like it was a false alarm triggered by a bogus Facebook post. The Humboldt County Sheriff's Office announced this afternoon that a search of CR's main Eureka campus has been completed by a law enforcement super-team that included the FBI, Eureka Police, Humboldt County Drug Task Force, Humboldt State University police, College of Redwoods security, Humboldt Bay Fire District, Cal Fire and CR administrative staff. No bomb.

The threat originated on Facebook. According to CR spokesman Paul DeMark, a bomb threat was posted on a student's Facebook page last night, and when a friend asked the guy about it he responded, "This is not my page." 

The student figured that someone had set up a bogus page in his name and then posted the threat, so he immediately called the Sheriff's office, DeMark said. The college's information technology staff is trying to trace the origin of the message with help from the FBI, according to DeMark.

The 135-or-so students who live on campus were evacuated on buses supplied by Humboldt Transit Authority and taken to an undisclosed Eureka City Schools gymnasium. HSU is supplying the students with food today, DeMark said.

"We are anticipating having classes tomorrow," he added.

UPDATE 9:20 a.m.:

It was a threat posted online. Sheriff's Office press release:

On 4-18-2013, approximately 12:15 a.m. the Humboldt County Sheriff's Office was notified by College of the Redwoods (C.R.) students of an internet posting of a bomb threat directed at the C.R. campus. The internet posting stated the bomb would detonate today, 04-18-2013. The Sheriff's Office immediately notified College of the Redwoods Security. The college administration decided to close campus for the day as a precaution all classes were canceled for the day. All C.R. residence hall students were evacuated for the day as a precaution to an offsite locate. The Sheriff's Office and multiple Humboldt County allied agencies are responding to the campus to conduct a search of the campus today with College of the Redwoods staff. Sheriff's Detectives are working with the internet provider to determine who posted the threat. The Federal Bureau of Investigation was also notified. False reporting of a bomb is a crime and subject to state prison and fines.

Anyone with information for the Sheriffs Office regarding this case or related criminal activity is encouraged to call the Sheriffs Office at 707-445-7251 or the Sheriffs Office Crime Tip line at 707-268-2539.

Original post:

College of the Redwoods' main Eureka campus has been closed today due to a bomb scare. All students, staff and faculty are being told to stay away. The school's public information officer, Paul DeMark, posted the following message on CR's Facebook page this morning:

College of the Redwoods' main Eureka campus will be closed for classes, day and evening, on Thursday, April 18 due to a threat to campus security. All residence hall students have been relocated to a safe location. College personnel are working with the Humboldt County Sheriff''s Department to ensure a safe campus. Students and staff will not be allowed on campus today. An upate will follow as soon as possible.

Bill Hole, a construction technology instructor (and husband of a Journal employee), learned in an email this morning that the threat was a bomb scare.

More information to follow.

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