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December 3, 2012

Note on refrigerator in EKU dorm prompted bomb scare and arrest

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

Jacob A. Walker, 18, a first-semester freshman from Jefferson County, 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 small refrigerator wrapped in duct tape with a note attached was found at 4 p.m. in a Palmer Hall corridor. Residence hall staff evacuated the dorm and summoned police, Whitt said.

A Kentucky State Police bomb squad and a bomb-sniffing dog were called to investigate. Authorities later found the refrigerator contained only rotten 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.

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