The Richmond Register

December 4, 2012

Note on refrigerator in EKU dorm prompts bomb scare, arrest


Register staff report

RICHMOND —

Eastern Kentucky University police booked a student from Jefferson County into the Madison County Detention Center at 7 p.m. Monday in connection with a bomb scare on campus earlier in the day, EKU spokesperson Marc Whitt said.

Jacob A. Walker, 18, a first-semester freshman, was charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, according to the detention center's website.

The felony charge carries a possible sentence of five to 10 years in prison if convicted.

A note found at 4 p.m. on a small refrigerator wrapped in duct tape in a corridor of the Palmer Hall dormitory prompted residence hall staff to evacuate the building and summon police, Whitt said.

A Kentucky State Police bomb squad and bomb-sniffing dog were called to investigate. Authorities later found the refrigerator contained only spoiled meat, Whitt said.

At 6 p.m., Whitt announced that investigators had determined a threat no longer existed, and students were allowed to return to their rooms in the residence hall. Normal activities also were allowed to resume outside.