Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Woman Charged for Bomb Threat That Closed All County Buildings Monday

( 12/13/2016)  A woman was charged Monday afternoon for calling in a bomb threat to the Schuylkill County Courthouse.

According to Pottsville Police, Jaclyn Hollywood, 34, of Mechanicsville, called the Schuylkill County Children and Youth telephone number at approximately 8:15AM, Monday morning, and told an answering service employee that a bomb was set to explode in the Schuylkill County Courthouse at 9:30AM.

The threat caused the evacuation and shut down of not only the courthouse, but all county offices.

The evacuation and subsequent search of the Court House was coordinated by The Schuylkill County Sheriff's office while the Pottsville Bureau of Police conducted the criminal investigation.

With the assistance of Comcast employees officers learned the origination number of the threatening call and were subsequently able to identify Hollywood as being the registered owner of that particular cellular number.

After locating Hollywood at her residence, an interview was conducted at Pottsville City Hall during which Hollywood confirmed to Police that she was scheduled to attend a hearing with Children and Youth on Monday and admitted to making the bomb threat call from her cellular phone. She also confirmed there never was any device actually placed.

On Monday afternoon a complaint was filed by Detective Kirk Becker on charges of Threats to Use Weapons of Mass Destruction, a felony of the 3rd degree, Terroristic Threats, a felony of the 3rd degree, Criminal use of a Communication Facility, a felony of the 3rd degree and Disorderly Conduct, a misdemeanor of the 3rd degree.

Hollywood was arraigned by on-call Magisterial District Justice Ferrier and remanded to the Schuylkill County Prison in lieu of $250,000 bail pending a future preliminary hearing in Magisterial District Court 21-3-07.