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Police hunt suspect in three bomb threats

Three police agencies are looking for a man believed to be in his 20s who phoned in bomb threats at two schools and one hospital Wednesday morning.

Authorities also believe the same man sent threatening notes to those three police agencies earlier this week.

"It appears to be the same guy," Capt. William Hall of the North Tonawanda police said today.

The threats were phoned in to Williamsville North High School in Amherst, Gilmore Elementary School in North Tonawanda and Kenmore Mercy Hospital in the Town of Tonawanda, officials said. No sign of a bomb was found at any of the three locations.

A surveillance camera in the lobby of a Wegmans store captured an image of the man who phoned in the North Tonawanda and Town of Tonawanda threats from two nearby pay phones there at about 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Police are looking for a white man, possibly in his mid-20s, about 5-foot-10, wearing a denim or corduroy jacket with a lamb's wool lining.

The three police agencies were on alert after receiving similar notes Monday or Tuesday.

"They were kind of rambling notes, but he alluded to the walls shaking, and there was a veiled threat to young kids," Hall said. "We took it to be a bomb threat."

The notes also suggested that the person would call Wednesday with details.

After the calls Wednesday morning, both schools evacuated students while authorities searched for any sign of a bomb.

At Williamsville North, several bomb-sniffing dogs were dispatched to the school, but nothing was found. Students returned to the school a short time later, police said.

The bomb threats were the second and third of the week in area schools. A female student at Starpoint Central in Pendleton was charged earlier this week with felony filing a false report for allegedly threatening that there was a bomb in her school.

e-mail: gwarner@buffnews.com

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