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Marquette area bomb threats: Suspect is a juvenile

September 25, 2012
By Jackie Stark , Marquette Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - The Marquette County Sheriff's office has identified the suspect in the string of Friday bomb threats as a juvenile.

According to a press release from the sheriff's office, the suspect was identified shortly after a threat was called in to the K.I. Sawyer Medical Center.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to Marquette General Health System for psychiatric treatment.

Police are not releasing information on the individual, but said they believe the person is responsible for threats made against the K.I. Sawyer International Airport, Sawyer Medical Center, North Star Public School Academy, Marquette General Hospital and Northern Michigan University.

Officials found two suspicious packages while searching the Sawyer airport and medical center.

Police said the package found inside the medical center was found to contain parts assembled to replicate an explosive device. Members of the Michigan State Police bomb squad out of Gaylord disrupted the device using a robot with a water charge.

A bomb-detecting canine alerted on a backpack in the airport, which was later found to contain camping gear.

Police said they do not believe the backpack is linked to the bomb threats.

All inbound flights to Sawyer International were canceled Friday, though airport operations resumed as normal Saturday morning.

The threat against North Star caused a complete evacuation of the school, located on Wright Street in Marquette. A search of the building found nothing suspicious and classes resumed as normal today.

Police also cleared MGH and NMU Friday, having found nothing suspicious.

An investigation into the threats and the device found at the medical center is ongoing.

Assisting at the scene at both the Sawyer and North Star locations were Marquette County Rescue 131, Escanaba Public Safety K9 unit, Sawyer International personnel, Forsyth Township Police and Fire Departments and the Red Cross.



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