July 24, 2016

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Teenager charged in bomb threat at Wadsworth High School

WADSWORTH — A Wadsworth High School senior was arrested Monday in connection with a bomb threat last week at the school, police said.

After executing a search warrant at 279 Stratford Ave., police arrested Guy T. Barnard, 18, on a charge of inducing panic, a second-degree felony, according to a police statement.

Guy Bernard

Barnard was being held in the Medina County Jail on Monday night and bond had not yet been set, a jail spokeswoman said.

Even though some of Barnard’s alleged actions and procedures were sophisticated, including the use of several proxy servers, there was enough evidence leading to the search warrant and Barnard’s arrest, according to the police statement.

After a school administrator received a bomb threat via email Wednesday, the school’s approximately 1,600 students and 200 staff members were evacuated a little after 8 a.m.

Following the evacuation, school personnel, members of Wadsworth safety forces and explosives-detecting canine teams from the Summit County Sheriff’s Office and the University of Akron Police Department conducted a search of the school, according to police.

Nothing related to the bomb threat was discovered during the search and the school was deemed safe for students to return. As a precaution, students and staff were evacuated again at about 12:45 p.m. — the threat time in the email, the police statement said.

The investigation continues and items seized during the search will be forensically examined, police said.

Contact Liz Sheaffer at (330) 721-4060 or lsheaffer@medina-gazette.com.

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