The second bomb threat this week at a local college forced Herzing University, 5800 Seventh Ave, to evacuate students and staff for about an hour. That gave time for Kenosha Police Officers to search classrooms for a supposed bag with a timer that was counting down.
KPD received the bomb threat sometime before noon, which described a backpack with a timer, claiming it was located in one of the school’s nursing classrooms. Police contacted the school. After officers found no explosive devices, students and staff returned to their classrooms before 12:30 pm
70 people evacuated
Erin Ginn, Herzing’s senior director of admissions, what the senior-most school official on scene when the evacuation began. Ginn said approximately 70 people were evacuated from the building.
“The priority was students and faculty safety,” Ginn said. “We evacuated immediately while police inspected the building.”
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Students said they learned something was wrong as staff ran room-to-room instructing people to exit the building. Micaela Pasillas, a student at Herzing, was standing across the street from the building with other students. She said she and friend were studying for an upcoming test when the evacuation began.
“We were in a study hall when someone came in and told us to skedaddle,” Pasillas.
Despite the bomb threat, students and staff alike seemed largely unworried. After less than an hour, KPD officers on scene had finished their search and determined the building to be safe. Despite some light-hearted protests from students, classes and tests resumed.
The bomb threat comes after a similar case at Carthage College Tuesday, occurring shortly after 3 pm The threat forced an evacuation of campus buildings out of “an abundance of caution,” according to the college’s associate vice president for marketing and communications, Elizabeth Young.
That case remains open, and Lt. Joseph Nosalik said detectives would continue to investigate.
“If someone is identified, they will likely face charges of terrorist threats, which is a felony,” Nosalik said.
It was uncertain if the two calls were related as of press time Thursday. Anyone with information on either bomb threats should call Crime Stoppers 262-656-7333.
Mugshots: Racine County criminal complaints, July 15, 2022
Today’s mugshots: July 15
These are images of people charged with a crime in Racine County. Booking photos are provided by Racine County law enforcement officials. A defendant is presumed innocent unless proven guilty and convicted.
Tina M. Higginbottom
Tina (aka X Kenesha) M. Higginbottom1000 block of Pearl Street, Racine, disorderly conduct (use of a dangerous weapon).
Monica M. Hoffman
Monica M. Hoffman4800 block of Kinzie Avenue, Racine, disorderly conduct.
Lee D Holton
Lee D HoltonMilwaukee, Wisconsin, operate motor vehicle while revoked.
Emonjae James Kinney
Emonjae James Kinney1100 block of Park Avenue, Racine, receiving stolen property (less than $2,500).
Shantrice P Craig
Shantrice P Craig900 block of Hamilton Street, Racine, felony personal ID theft (financial gain).
Keshari D Gordon
Keshari D Gordon700 block of 17th Street, Racine, possession with intent to deliver fentanyl (greater than 50 grams), possession with intent to deliver/distribute/manufacture THC (less than or equal to 200 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia.
Ruben Leal1300 block of Chatham Street, Racine, strangulation and suffocation (domestic abuse assessments), misdemeanor battery (domestic abuse assessments), disorderly conduct (domestic abuse assessments).
Dennis A Myles
Dennis (aka Jermie Shine) A MylesMilwaukee, Wisconsin, possession of THC, misdemeanor bail jumping.
Jordan D Parker
Jordan D Parker33600 block of Contour Drive, Burlington, manufacture/deliver LSD (less than or equal to 1 gram), misdemeanor bail jumping, possession of THC, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (2nd offense), felony bail jumping.
Paul (aka Joshua Pickard) Allen Puchter2900 block of Fleetwood Drive, Racine, first degree child sexual assault (sexual contact with a child under age 13), second degree sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age.
Sarah B. Reidenbach
Sarah B. Reidenbach900 block of Hastings Court, Sturtevant, possession of narcotic drugs, possession of methamphetamine, possession of drug paraphernalia, possess/illegally obtained prescription.
Jamie D Siler Jr
Jamie D Siler Jr700 block of Sheridan Road, Kenosha, armed robbery (violent crime in a school zone), attempt robbery (violent crime in a school zone), possession of a firearm by adjudicated delinquent.
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