Federal agents have arrested an Ohio man who they say is responsible for a series of bomb threats at courthouses in Nebraska and several other states.
At least nine courthouses in Nebraska received bomb threats over a period of a few weeks late last year.
Nebraska City Police Chief Dave Lacy says the Otoe County Courthouse was among them on November 2nd.
“Besides Nebraska, he called (threats) in to Washington, Oregon, Tennessee and Mississippi,” Lacy says. “Between those five states, there was a total of 113 hoaxes called in between November 2nd of 2012 and December 12th of 2012.”
The suspect is identified as 39-year-old Lonny Bristow, of Mansfield, Ohio. The FBI says Bristow is jailed and will be charged in federal court in connection with making false threats concerning an attempt or alleged attempt to damage or destroy a building by means of explosives.
Chief Lacy says he’d like to know more about how Bristow was caught.
“Hopefully, it will play out a little bit in the future but I’m interested in the technology they were able to use to trace back to this individual.”
Reports say some of the bomb threats were made with pre-paid calling cards that were purchased at an Ohio Walmart, which eventually led agents to Bristow.
Bomb threats were called into Nebraska courthouses in: Lancaster, Otoe, Richardson, Johnson, Seward, Cass, Saline, Gage and Jefferson counties.
By Nate Gonner, KNCY, Nebraska City