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By Roger Harnack
The Journal 

Students return following threat

McCormick: Threat traced to Snapchat


Last updated 10/10/2023 at 11am

Ritzville Police Department

A Fairchild Air Force Base K-9 unit searches Gilson Gymnasium following a bomb threat Thursday, Oct. 5.

RITZVILLE - A local student and another juvenile in Iowa may face charges in the Thursday, Oct. 5, bomb threat that prompted local leaders to shutter schools.

Police Chief Dave McCormick said Monday that there was never a real threat here, but that local school officials and law enforcement never take any chances.

According to the chief, the FBI is awaiting a search warrant for Snapchat accounts connected to the threat.

The bomb threat was sent via email to a school official about 4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 4, the chief said. But that official didn't see the email to about noon Thursday.


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