Colonel Steven G. O’Donnell, Superintendent of the Rhode Island State Police and Newport Police Chief Gary T. Silva, announced the arrest of a sixteen-year-old Newport juvenile, who is being charged with 18 violations including 15 counts of making bomb threats.

Over the past two months several jurisdictions within the State of Rhode Island have received bomb threats to various schools and private businesses in Providence, Bristol, Newport, Warwick, East Providence, Cranston, Tiverton and Middletown.

On Friday, February 12, 2016, State Police Detectives and investigators from the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit, along with Detectives from the Newport Police Department, interviewed and arrested a sixteen-year-old Rogers High School student for the alleged involvement with the threats.

The investigation continues for other accomplices allegedly involved in the scheme. The juvenile was held at the Rhode Island Training School and will appear before the Family Court on Wednesday for a bail hearing.

Hmm. Not sure where that leaves us with the Evacuation Squad/Russian Hacker angle that the Rhode Island State Police confirmed last week. We’ll have to wait to see this shake out.

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