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High school bomb threat results in arrest

Local officials responded to Thomson High School on Tuesday afternoon to investigate a bomb threat, but Thomson Police Chief Joe Nelson said no explosives were found.

Dawud Bashawn Jones, 18, of the 1300 block of Culpepper Circle, was apprehended in connection to the threat. He is a ninth-grader at Sand Hills School in Thomson.

At 2:27 p.m., the Thomson Police Department was told that an individual identifying himself as Arnold Schwarzenegger called dispatch to say he had placed a bomb at THS. The TPD, an agent with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives field office in Augusta and a representative from the State Fire Marshal's Office responded to the scene at 2:34 p.m.

Nelson said they met with school personnel, including Principal Cecil Strong, and evacuated the campus.

Police learned the phone used to make the call hit off a cell tower in the Twin Oaks Road area. Officers learned that Jones was at the Thomson Boys & Girls Club, where he is a member. Police made contact with Jones at 4:20 p.m.

Jones made a full confession to Sgt. Marquis Murray, a TPD investigator.

Jones is being held at the McDuffie County Law Enforcement Center for terroristic threats and actions, Nelson said. Because of modern technology we have, we can catch you, and if we catch you we are certainly going to prosecute you," he said. "Putting our kids in harm's way is not a laughing matter to us."

Web posted on Thursday, November 17, 2011

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