Student indicted on bomb threat charge


An Urbana High School student has been indicted by a Champaign County Grand Jury, accused of writing a threatening message on a restroom stall, forcing authorities to lock down the building.

Brianne N. Castle, 18, of Urbana, was indicted on a single count of inducing panic, a second degree felony, according to court records. She is scheduled to face an arraignment Feb. 19.

According to information from the Urbana Police Division, officers were approached by a high school student on Jan. 14 who told them about a threatening message on a women’s restroom stall door. The message, written in permanent marker, indicated there would be an explosion at a specific time. The school was locked down and evacuated, and authorities determined the threat was a hoax.

Police accused Castle of writing the message.

Others indicted include:

•Michelle J. Kinger, 34, of 2424 Virginia Ave., Springfield, on one count each of receiving stolen property and obstructing official business.

•Megan A. Hooten, 23, of 3955 W. U.S. 36, Westville, on one count each possession of heroin, possessing criminal tools, drug possession and operating a vehicle while under the influence.

•Rebecka E. Doss, 35, of 42 Oak St., Mechanicsburg, on three counts trafficking in drugs.

•James A. Johnson, Jr., 56, of 814 Gwynne St., Urbana, on four counts trafficking in drugs.

•Brian G. Cantrell, 33, of 218 N. College, St. Paris, on one count each of telecommunications harassment, disseminating matter harmful to juveniles and pandering obscenity.

• Carol A. Mayes, 43, of Marysville, on one count each aggravated possession of drugs and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Robert A. Nichols, 25, of 639 Hagenbuch St., Urbana, on one count each menacing and telecommunications harassment.

•Deborah S. Hopewell, 47, of 235 Boyce St., Urbana, on one count each of possession of cocaine and tampering with evidence.

•Kelly L. Rockhold, 50, of 718 W. Light St., Urbana, on one count each possession of heroin and possessing criminal tools.

•Felicia M. Salyer, 22, of 2700 Wiseman Road, Urbana, on three counts theft from an elderly person or disabled adult.

•Troy Tyler B. Byrd, 25, of 637 S. Kenton St., Urbana, on two counts theft, two counts burglary, and one count each of breaking and entering, obstructing official business, petty theft, theft from an elderly person or disabled adult and misuse of credit cards.

• Jason M. Toner, 26, of 1014 Lagonda Ave., Springfield, on one count each of grand theft when the property is a firearm or dangerous ordnance, breaking and entering and theft.

•Joseph H. Trimble, 30, of 1179 Kennard Kingscreek Road, Urbana, on four counts theft from an elderly person or disabled adult.

•Jacquiline E. Sample, 29, of 1471 W. Pleasant Ave., Springfield, on three counts receiving stolen property, two counts theft, and once count each of failure to comply with an order or signal of a police officer and theft from an elderly person or disabled adult.

•Elvin H. Burkhart, IV, 34, of 403 Miami St., Urbana, on six counts forgery, and one count each of domestic violence, petty theft and possession of heroin.

•Ashley N. Gibson, 25, of 403 Miami St., Urbana, on six counts forgery and two counts possession of heroin.

•Kayla Hess, 18, of 835 W. Church St., Urbana, on one count each forgery, theft and petty theft.

•Ronald F. Morgan, 26, of 1510 Children’s Home Road, Urbana, on one count each breaking and entering and theft.

•Jacob A. Castle, 29, no permanent address, on two counts forgery and one count theft.

•Robert McDargh, 33, last known address, 829 E. Pleasant St., Springfield, on eight counts forgery and one count theft.

•Christopher P. Elliott, 33, of 4044 Barbee St., St. Paris, on one count each medicaid fraud and illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits.

•Joshua E. Predmore, 27, Columbus, on one count of theft.

•Felicia D. Arnett, 33, of 718 Gwynne St., Urbana, on one count each Medicaid fraud and illegal use of supplemental nutrition assistance program benefits or WIC program benefits.

•James E. Hughes Sr., 41, of 1169 W. U.S. 36, St. Paris, on one count domestic violence.

•Melonie S. Pottenger, 45, of Conover, Ohio, on one count each domestic violence and criminal damaging.

• Thomas B. Zweibel, 22, of 2863 Idle Road, St. Paris, on one count each carrying a concealed weapon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle, and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Brittany L. Ginter, 23, of 2863 Idle Road, St. Paris, on one count each carrying a concealed weapon, improperly handling firearms in a motor vehicle and illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia.

•Adam L. Plantz, 31, of Troy, Ohio, on one count each possession of heroin and possessing criminal tools.

•Anthony A. Rench, 22, of 11338 Fairview St., St. Paris, on three counts trafficking in marijuana, and one count each of illegal use or possession of drug paraphernalia and illegal cultivation of marijuana.



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