The Lynchburg Police Department has made an arrest in connection to a series of bomb threats this week in Lynchburg.
Dexter White, 43, has been charged with 24 felonies.
Twenty-two of the charges are in connection to bomb threats made against several Lynchburg City Schools. White is also charged with one count of threatening to bomb Lynchburg General Hospital and one count of extortion. The extortion charge stems from a demand made to a school.
The threats were made Tuesday and Thursday. White is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority.
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LYNCHBURG, Va. -- Six Lynchburg City Schools and a Lynchburg hospital received bomb threats Thursday morning.
The schools that received the threats Thursday morning are Sandusky Middle School, Dunbar Middle School, Linkhorne Middle School, T.C. Miller Elementary School, R.S. Payne Elementary School and Dearington Elementary School.
According to a Centra Health spokesperson, a bomb threat was made against the emergency department at Lynchburg General Hospital. All patients were moved out of the area as a precaution. The Lynchburg Police Department was brought in and have increased security around the hospital.
Lynchburg City Schools are holding a 3:30 p.m. news conference. WDBJ7 plans to live stream the news conference.
Here is the complete announcement from Lynchburg police:
"On this date between the hours of 7:50 a.m. and 10:00 a.m., the Lynchburg Police Department responded to multiple bomb threats at various City Schools and to the Lynchburg General Hospital. We are working closely with the Lynchburg City School system in our investigative response and in the application of appropriate resources. Thus far, this cooperative response has worked well. At this time, no immediate threat to the community has been identified and all school locations are operating normally. More information will be released as it becomes available regarding this on-going investigation."
On Tuesday threats were made against 11 Lynchburg City Schools. R.S. Payne Elementary School, Dearington Elementary School, and T.C. Miller Elementary School also received bomb threats Tuesday.
Original story from Tuesday, Feb. 25
The number of Lynchburg city schools that have received bomb threats Tuesday has now reached 11, according to school spokesperson Cindy Babb. Students from some schools have been moved away from their buildings to allow for police searches.
Schools that have received threats as of 2:00 p.m. are: Bedford Hills Elementary, Dearington Elementary, Heritage Elementary, Heritage High, Linkhorne Elementary, Paul Munro Elementary, Perrymont Elementary, R.S. Payne Elementary, Sheffield Elementary, T.C. Miller Elementary and E. C. Glass High School.
No actual threats have been found on school property thus far.
Lynchburg City Schools held a news conference Tuesday to discuss the bomb threats.
Here is the news release from Lynchburg City Schools:
Today, beginning at 9 a.m., Lynchburg City Schools received the first of 11 total bomb threats at schools throughout the division.
The first site was Dearington Elementary School for Innovation.
Staff members at each school did exactly what they have been trained and informed to do in this situation in accordance with each school’s individual School Crisis Management Plan.
Immediately following the threat, teachers and staff followed the proper procedures to evacuate all students safely and efficiently. Each school acted professionally and without panic. As we were able, we contacted parents of students at the schools as they received the threats. Eventually it was determined that a division-wide call should go out once the frequency of threats increased.
The Lynchburg Police Department was immediately contacted following each threat, and a thorough search was conducted using explosive detection dogs, state police bomb teams, and visual searches throughout the buildings. Once the LPD ruled that there was no threat, students and staff were allowed back into the buildings.