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Dec 3, 2012 11:22 PM

Suspicious Item Found at EKU, One Man Taken Into Custody

Eastern Kentucky University Police have arrested a student for making terroristic threats. It's all linked to a suspicious item found inside a residence hall late Monday afternoon. Taken into custody, Jacob Walker. University officials said Walker was arrested for terroristic threatening 1st-degree.

EKU's spokesperson, Marc Whitt, said around 4:00p.m. on Monday, authorities were notified of a suspicious item in Palmer Hall.

"(The item) which was later identified as a residence hall size refrigerator was found to be duck taped with a message strapped to that," explained Whitt.

University officials aren't saying what the message said or where the refrigerator was found in Palmer Residence Hall. Kentucky State Police bomb sniffing dogs and the bomb squad were called in to investigate the refrigerator and its contents. Campus officials said safety is key for the campus and more than 200 students needed to be evacuated from the residence hall. EKU students told us a fire alarm went off in the dorm, but they didn't know it was an evacuation for a bomb threat.

"We just figured it was a fire alarm, so we figured we could go back in like 15-minutes," said Emily Bays, an EKU Student.

By the time students were let back into their rooms more than two hours had passed and it as close to 6:00p.m.

"The EKU police have just confirmed that it was rotted food that was located in the refrigerator, fortunately this did not prove to be a bomb. We take any situation like this very serious," said Whitt.


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