Two jailed after bomb threat made to high school

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TELL CITY – Two men were in the Perry County Jail Tuesday afternoon for allegedly making a bomb threat Tuesday to the Tell City Junior-Senior High School.

School officials and police said the threat, made by telephone and left as a voicemail on an answering machine, was a hoax and there was no explosive device.

Charged with intimidation, false informing and harassment were Joseph A. Yates, 21, of 636 16th St., and Joey W. Robinson, 19, of 602 13th St.

According to the Tell City Police Department and school officials, the threat was discovered early in the morning Tuesday and the school’s emergency-action plan was put into effect. The school was searched before students arrived and classes began on time after police learned the threat was a hoax.  

Yates and Robinson were in custody shortly after 9 a.m.

“At no time were students in any danger. While the calls may have been made as a joke, this issue will never be treated lightly in our school corporation,” Schools Superintendent Lynn Blinzinger said. He credited the work of officers and school Principal Brad Ramsey and Assistant Principal Chris Hollinden. “Obviously we are very proud and thankful for our Tell City Police Department,” Blinzinger added.

Police said the two men face additional charges for allegedly contacting Tell City’s Wal-Mart with the same type threats.

The investigation is continuing.