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Morrisville: Teen charged with felonies

A 17-year-old Morrisville resident was indicted by the Madison County grand jury on felony charges of fourth-degree arson and first-degree falsely reporting an incident and third-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor, April 17 in Madison County Supreme Court.

Brandon S. Chambers of Amherst Circle, Morrisville, was originally charged Feb. 7 with first-degree falsely reporting an incident and third-degree falsely reporting an incident in connection with a bomb threat made Jan. 24 at Morrisville-Eaton Middle/High School.

Chambers also was charged with arson in connection with the Jan. 31 fire at a Morrisville village business.

Bomb threat reported

According to police reports, Chambers reported finding a bomb threat penciled on a table in the middle school hallway. The statement read, "I will bomb school 01/30/07." Police say school officials searched the school with negative results. Trooper Brian DeRochie said the school did not request further assistance from state police, instead planning to meet and decide what action to take on Jan. 29 and 30. DeRochie turned the matter over to Inv. David Verne.

DeRochie arranged for K-9 units to conduct sweeps of the building for several days leading up to the Jan. 30 target date. Increased security measures were enacted with M-E administration, faculty and staff.

Verne said the K-9 walk-through and entry into the school on Jan. 30 was without incident.

"The teachers and staff were on heightened awareness for the remainder of the day," Verne said.

Interviews with students lead police to Chambers, who allegedly had told them he was responsible for the threat.

Police say they interviewed Chambers Feb. 2, and he admitted to telling several students he had written the bomb threat, but he "was just messing around." Verne said Chambers consented to taking a polygraph examination.

No accident found after 9-1-1 call

On Feb. 7 at about 10:15 a.m., Verne said he monitored a call to Madison County's 9-1-1 system in which a one-vehicle personal injury automobile rollover accident was reported on Swamp Road in Smithfield.

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