A man who allegedly threatened to plant a bomb in the New Paris area Monday was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by Elkhart County sheriff’s detectives.
At 2:50 p.m., police arrested 53-year-old Walter Glasgow at his home in the 66000 block of U.S. 33 on a charge of false reporting, a Class D felony.
A statement from Elkhart County police reads, “Though the investigation revealed no actual threat to the community, the sheriff’s department takes a strong stance in holding those accountable for making false threats that disrupt the community and its resources.”
The phone call was allegedly made to the county 911 center at approximately 1:13 p.m. Monday.
According to Fairfield Community Schools Superintendent Steve Thalheimer, police informed the New Paris Elementary School principal about the incident a little more than an hour before preparation for school dismissal Monday.
“The department was investigating, and without specific information at hand as we were preparing to dismiss, we felt we would not release (student) walkers into town without knowing anything more certain,” Thalheimer wrote in an email to The News. Thalheimer said the school’s resource officer was on-site at New Paris Elementary Tuesday morning, and the superintendent himself was there as students arrived.
“The school is exercising increased vigilance while trying to maintain a normal day,” Thalheimer wrote prior to the announcement of Glasgow’s arrest.
Injuries were reported in recent automobile-related crashes responded to by local police:
• A Goshen man was hurt when he was struck by a vehicle Friday night downtown.
The mishap occurred shortly after 10 p.m. on Lincoln Avenue east of Main Street. Goshen police reported that David M. Matson, 22, Goshen, was crossing the street and ran in the path of a semi driven by Joshua A. Pronschinske, 32, Howard City, Mich. The vehicle struck Matson.