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Man arrested after threatening attack on Salem Schools

Friday, August 17, 2012

A Fulton County resident is being held without bond, after making comments that he was considering making an attack on Salem High School and shooting students and teachers.

Jacob S. Morley, a man described as being in his 20s, was arrested on Tuesday, Aug. 14, after a week long investigation by Arkansas State Police and local law enforcement.

An Affidavit for a Warrant of Arrest filed in Fulton County Circuit Court charges Morley with Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat.

The affidavit explains that on the weekend of Aug. 4, Morley made disturbing comments while attending a National Guard military drill at the Mountain Home Armory.

The affidavit includes the following details:

"While at the armory, Morley engaged in a conversation with two other soldiers in which he stated that, if he decided to commit suicide sometime within the next five years, he would go to the Salem, Ar. High School and shoot as many students as possible. Morley commented that he would do so to make the teachers suffer and have to live with what had happened.

The soldiers to whom Morley made the statement were interviewed and state that the statement was not made jokingly, and that Morley appeared very serious at the time he made the statement.

Morley was confronted about the statement by his commanding officers and admitted having made it. Furthermore, Morely has stated that he had found a place on the Internet from which he could order "booby traps," and has attempted to negotiate the purchase of firearms from other soldiers assigned to his National Guard Unit."

The affidavit seeking an arrest warrant was signed by Todd Shaw, a Special Agent with the Arkansas State Police.

Judge Jim Short authorized the warrant, writing: "I hearby find that this sworn affidavit demonstrates reasonable and probable cause for the issuance of a warrant of arrest for the above named individual for the above stated offense."

Morley was taken into custody without incident. As of our press deadline on Aug. 14, Morley was being held in the Izard County Detention Center on suicide watch.

Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat is a crime that occurs, under the law, when "the person knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a terrorist act, or otherwise creates the impression or belief that a terrorist act is about to be or has been committed, or in any manner knowingly makes a threat to commit or cause to be committed a catastrophe...that the person knows to be false. Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat is a Class B Felony.

The News will have further information in the Aug. 23 edition of the paper.

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