At a press conference aired live on WSET.com on Feb. 27, 2014, the Lynchburg Police Department announced that an arrest has been made in the bomb threats made to Lynchburg General Hospital and many Lynchburg City Schools this week.
According to Captain Ryan Zuidema of the Criminal Investigative Division of the Lynchburg Police Department, Dexter Scott White, age 43, was arrested on Feb. 27 and has been charged with 22 counts of threatening to bomb a city school, 1 count of threatening to bomb a Centra Health facility and 1 count of extortion regarding a city school.
All of these charges are felony charges and as a result of these incidents, White is being held without bond at the Blue Ridge Regional Jail Authority.
However, Zuidema stated White is believed to have acted alone in making the alleged calls. Zuidema stated that, if convicted of the felony charges, White faces considerable amount of time in the penitentiary.
Due to the ongoing investigation, no reason was provided by at the press conference by Zuidema for White allegedly making the bomb threats.
Zuidema stated, "We're not going to tolerate this type of activity in the city," and stated that White will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
Bomb threats received on Feb. 27 forced the evacuation of eight Lynchburg City Schools and Lynchburg General Hospital.
Early morning bomb threats were called in to the hospital and Lynchburg's three middle schools: Sandusky Middle School, Dunbar Middle School and Linkhorne Middle School.
The city's middle schools were not among the 11 Lynchburg City Schools evacuated following bomb threats called in on Tuesday, Feb. 25.
In addition, bomb threats were also called in Thursday to T.C. Miller Elementary School, R.S. Payne Elementary School and Dearington Elementary School, the second time students were evacuated this week due to bomb threats.
A bomb threat was also called in on Feb. 27 to Sandusky Elementary School, which was not among the schools receiving bomb threats on Feb. 25.
The eighth school receiving a bomb threat on Feb. 27 was Laurel Regional School, which provides instruction to area students, ages 2 to 21, who are who are severely and profoundly mentally or physically handicapped or autistic, according to the Lynchburg City Schools website.
The Lynchburg Police Department responded to bomb threats at Dearington Elementary School, Heritage Elementary School, Paul Munro Elementary School, Bedford Hills Elementary School, T.C. Miller Elementary School, Sheffield Elementary School, Linkhorne Elementary School, Perrymont Elementary School, R.S. Payne Elementary School, Heritage High School and E.C. Glass High School in Lynchburg, Va. on Tuesday, Feb. 27.
Lynchburg parents, grandparents and community members sigh a breath of relief following the announcement of White's arrest. Many in the community have voiced concerns on social media about the bomb threats and the ongoing investigation over the past three days.