Trooper Kevin Priest responded to the scene, as did members of the Smithfield Volunteer Fire Department. No accident scene was located.
Later that morning, DeRochie, the MECS school resource officer, told Verne that the falsely reported accident was traced back to a Cingular cell phone. He said the phone was registered to a resident of Amherst Circle in Morrisville. DeRochie said the call hit on a tower in the Verona area, and he believed Chambers to be involved.
Priest listened to the 9-1-1 recording and said he believed the voice belonged to Chambers. Priest and DeRochie responded to the OCM BOCES campus in Verona to interview Chambers. Police say he admitted to calling in the incident.
The cell phone and CD-ROM of the 9-1-1 call were confiscated.
At about 1:10 p.m., Verne contacted District Attorney Donald Cerio and filled him in on the Chambers investigations. Verne said Cerio advised him to charge Chambers and provided bail recommendation of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.
Chambers was charged with first-degree falsely reporting an incident in the bomb threat case and third-degree falsely reporting an incident in connection with the 9-1-1 call. He was arraigned in Eaton Town Court and remanded to Madison County Jail on the DA's bail recommendations.
Arson charged in Laundromat fire
In early March, Madison County Sheriff's deputies charged Chambers with felony arson and felony criminal mischief in connection with the Jan. 31 fire at the Morrisville Dry Cleaners and Laundromat.
Police say Chambers allegedly started a fire in a garbage can at the 25 E. Main St. business.
According to investigators, the fire spread to other areas of the Laundromat, damaging the floor, walls and ceiling before it was extinguished by Morrisville firefighters.