RIPLEY - A Ripley man faces felony charges of making terroristic threats after he allegedly telephoned a bomb threat to Jackson County (11 dispatch Monday around noon.
A dispatch operator received the call claiming there was a bomb inside the Jackson County Courthouse, and law enforcement agencies sprang into action to cordon off the courthouse area and begin an immediate investigation. That investigation culminated quickly with the arrest of John Phillip Newman, 40, of Ripley, within about 90 minutes of calling in the threat. Ironically, Newman lives near to the pay phone to which the bomb threat call was traced.Sheriff Tony Boggs commended the cooperation of lawn who worked together to solve the case and secure the courthouse area against the threat. Sgt. Eric Cullen, Chief Deputy Herb Faber and Deputy Lucas Casto of the Sheriff's Department were the primary investigators with assistance form other department officers. Ripley Police Department officers including Patrolman Mike Cummings quickly got the area cordoned off. West Virginia State Police also assisted and supplied thier bomb detecting dog, as did the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department who also dispatched their bomb squad to help search the courthouse. "We don't want any copycats," said Boggs, "but we do want to see anyone who does something like this go to jail on felony charges."