January 19, 2018
LIVONIA, NY – Livingston County Sheriff Tom Dougherty reports that two juveniles and one 16 year old have been charged in regards to a threat to the Livonia School District. According to Sheriff Dougherty, on January 17, 2018 at about 4:44 pm, the Livonia School District received a message on their school tip line warning of bomb being hidden in the school and alerting that it would go off the following day. A second message was later sent stating it wasn’t sent intentionally.
The Livonia School administration and the Sheriff’s Office immediately deployed numerous resources to assure that the school was safe, including Sheriff’s Office nitrate K-9 “Kane” and his handler Deputy Matthew Moran. A physical search of the school was also performed by Sheriff’s Office and Livonia School personnel. Meanwhile, the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigations Division was tracking the source of the online threat in conjunction with the District Attorney’s Office and the New York State Intelligence Center (which is a Homeland Security/Emergency Services office, managed by the NY State Police).
On January 18th, investigators and school officials were able to identify three students that were responsible for the threat. Investigators charged two 15 year olds and a 16 year old with felony Falsely Reporting an Incident in the 2nd degree. The 15 year olds were referred to Family Court and the 16 year old was charged as an adult and will appear in criminal court on the matter. The names of the suspects are being withheld due to their ages.
Sheriff Dougherty also says that the incident was handled by members of the Sheriff’s Office Road Patrol Division, Criminal Investigations Division, Forensic Identification Unit, K-9 Unit, and the Livonia School Resource Deputy Brittany Smyder.