Archive for Thursday, December 13, 1990

KU RECEIVES NO TIPS ON 26 BOMB THREATS

December 13, 1990

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Kansas University police haven't received any Crime Stoppers calls about the 26 bomb threats that have occurred on campus since Sept. 11.

Police responded to the 26th bomb threat of the fall semester at 6:38 p.m. Wednesday at Ellsworth Hall, Lt. John Mullens said today. It was the second bomb threat made to a residence hall.

According to the police report, a male caller advised that a bomb had been placed in a room at Ellsworth. Mullens said the caller did not indicate a time for detonation.

Other bomb threats during the fall semester have been made to buildings where tests and classes were in progress. Before finals began Wednesday, KU faculty were instructed not to cancel exams because of bomb threats. If a bomb threat involves a building where students are taking final exams, the test will be moved or postponed.

Bomb threats are considered terroristic threats and are Class E felonies. Maximum punishment for a bomb threat is two to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

In an effort to obtain information about bomb threats and other crimes, KU established a Crime Stoppers hotline Nov. 28.

Since then, police have received one call to the 24-hour hotline, 864-8888. Mullens said Wednesday that the caller gave police information about an unreported crime.

"We received one phone call on an unreported crime that no one was aware of," Mullens said. "We're looking into its validity."

KU's Crime Stoppers program is patterned after an Albuquerque, N.M., program. Awards up to $1,200 will be offered for information leading to an arrest.

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