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Senior girls charged in bomb threat
Trinity Standard - September 2008
TRINITY – Two Trinity High School senior girls were taken into custody Monday afternoon and charged in connection with a bomb threat made at the local school Monday morning.
Hope Soliz and Emily Burson, both 17, were being held Monday under bonds of $5,000 each, set by Municipal Court Judge Howard Kinsel. Both are charged with making a false alarm/report in connection with the incident.
Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones said that normally such a charge was a Class A misdemeanor, but because the false report involved a public school, the charge was elevated to that of a state jail felony punishable by up to two years in a state jail and up to a $10,000 fine.
Jones said THS Principal Jim Underwood called police shortly after 10 a.m. Monday after he received a letter stating that: “There is a bomb that will blow at 12 on the roof of the buildin (sic).”
Trinity police together with the Trinity Volunteer Fire Department and deputies from the Trinity County Sheriff’s Department quickly responded to the school. Children and staff were evacuated into the nearby football stadium.
Jones said the Conroe Independent School District also was contacted and they agreed to dispatch their bomb detection dog and its handler, John McPhillips, to Trinity to assist in the incident.
It was quickly determined that the threat was not real and students were allowed to return to the building after about an hour.
“Evidence collected at the school allowed us to determine that the bomb threat was a hoax and gave us enough information to obtain arrest warrants for the two students,” Jones said.
The police chief voiced his thanks to the TVFD, the sheriff’s deputies and the school staff for their cooperation during he incident.
“We all were able to work together to make this a fairly smooth – and thankfully eventless – incident,” he said.
Jones said a rash of burglaries reported last week at a number of Trinity businesses are believed to be the work of the same suspect or suspects.
“We’ve had a lot of burglaries and windows being broken here over the past several days. Right now it looks like most if not all of these break-ins were committed by the same suspects,” he said.
To address the situation, Jones said police will be increasing patrols.
Among the local businesses hit during the recent burglaries and window vandalism were Trinity Discount Tire Store, Martin’s 7-11, T-19 Grocery Store, Sanders Saw Shop, the Family Dollar Store, Roy’s Bair Shop, Super Z Grocery and Glamour Girl Shop.