Friday, Apr 18, 2014

Man arrested after Endeavor Academy bomb threat, police say


BROOKSVILLE - A Brooksville man continued to be held on $5,000 bail Wednesday after threatening to blow up a local elementary school.

James Austin Sheppard, 40, became "irate" after his child was kicked out of Endeavor Academy, 1036 Varsity Drive, said Brooksville Police Chief George Turner.

Turner said Sheppard's child called him around 1:30 p.m. to tell him he had to leave the school. After the child handed the phone to school staff, Sheppard started yelling at them and threatened to blow up the school.

Brooksville Police officers responded to the call as a bomb threat, Turner said.

"After our guys interviewed everyone on the scene we realized there was no bomb threat in the school," Turner said.

Turner said the school was not evacuated because the threat was coming from outside the school, and "no students were in danger at any time."

Law enforcement issued an arrest warrant for Sheppard, who was picked up at 10:37 p.m. at his Barclay Avenue home, and booked at the Hernando County Jail on charges of threatening to throw or place a bomb.

Jail and court records do not indicate Sheppard has been arrested in Hernando County in the past.

If released, Sheppard will be required to wear an electronic monitoring device.

He is set to be arraigned on Jan. 7.

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