New round of bomb threats made at ARC


Members of Sacramento County Sheriff and Campus police bomb threat Oct. 6, 2011

Members of Sacramento County Sheriff and campus police check bomb threat Oct. 6, 2011. (Photo by Corina Snyder)

Tonisha Barnes and Shanel Royal

An unknown caller or callers made two bomb threats to American River College on the morning of Thursday, Oct. 6. Police later searched the campus but found nothing suspicious.

The Sacramento Police Department received the first call at 7:36 a.m., with the threat directed toward ARC without a specific location. Another threat, called in two minutes later, specifically targeted the Child Development Center.

Police were seen at the CDC with dogs. Police later searched Boettcher Library and Davies Hall with the dogs. When asked about the bomb threats, the officers said the search was an exercise to train the German shepherds and recruit new officers.
According to CDC clerk Linda Jones, the police inspected the building twice, but did not evacuate anyone. The director of the center, Diane

Cromwell, declined to comment on the bomb threats.

One parent who takes her son to the CDC said she did not receive notification of the bomb threat. Student and mother Jacqueline Fletcher said she arrived at the center around 8 a.m. “I saw the police cars and nobody told me anything,” she said.

Fletcher said she got a text message and e-mail for the bomb threat on Feb. 10, 2011, but did not receive a text or e-mail this time.

This is the latest of several bomb threats made in the Los Rios Community College District. ARC student Matthew Gibbs pleaded no contest to threats made in the spring semester. El Dorado County sheriffs arrested Folsom Lake College student Jason La Rue this past spring for the bomb threats at FLC.

On Thursday, Public Information Officer Stephen Peithman sent an e-mail to ARC faculty members stating that the campus police were working with the Sacramento police to find leads. According to Peithman, police monitored the CDC for the remainder of the day. No update has been made about any arrests.