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Washington Co. library patron arrested after bomb threat

A disgruntled library patron was arrested Thursday afternoon after she made a false bomb threat at the Washington County Free Library’s downtown Hagerstown branch, the Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s office said in a news release.

Toyna Michelle Butts, 18, of Dual Place in Hagerstown, told investigators she was upset after receiving notices from the library on past-due items, fire officials said.

Staff said Butts walked into the library’s 100 S. Potomac Street building at about 1:40 p.m. and announced there was a bomb in the building, according to fire officials.

Hagerstown Police and Hagerstown City Fire Marshal’s Office officials searched the library for a device, but none was located, fire officials said.
Library staff said the building was not evacuated during the search.
During the investigation, Butts was found in the area and identified based on the staff’s description, fire officials said.
She was charged with making a false statement of a destructive device, they said.
Butts was being held Thursday evening on $3,500 bond at the Washington County Detention Center, according to a spokesman there.

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