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Man charged with bomb threats released on lowered bond

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

William Adams
William Gerald Adams, the Cherokee Village man who is accused of making telephone threats which caused high schools in Fulton and Sharp Counties to be evacuated in December, has received a bond reduction, which resulted in his release from jail on Monday, Jan. 7.

Adams, 67, had been held since Dec. 11 because he was unable to post a $200,000 bond.

On Jan. 3, Fulton County Prosecutor Dwayne Plumlee and Adams' attorney, Larry Kissee, worked out an agreement in which the bond would be lowered to $50,000, to allow Adams to seek mental health treatment.

On Dec. 11, Adams was arrested after investigators traced a cell phone that was used to make two threatening calls to Fulton County 911.

The Fulton County Sheriff's Department had reported receiving a call at 7:29 a.m. in which the caller said, "There is three bombs in the high school."

Information filed with Fulton County Circuit Court reveals a second call was made at 7:50 a.m. in which the caller, using the same cellphone, said, "Don't touch the grenades."

Because a specific school was not identified, Fulton County's high schools -- Salem, Viola and Mammoth Spring -- were evacuated. Since the dispatch office could see that the call was made through the Nine Mile Ridge cell tower near the Sharp County line, Highland High School was also evacuated so that it could be searched.

No bombs or suspicious activity were discovered at the schools, but the precautionary searches disrupted the school day and tied up emergency crews that were involved in the searches.

Adams was arrested later in the day, after investigators determined the cellphone used was registered to his wife at their address on Skyline Drive in Cherokee Village. Under questioning, Adams said he did not recall making the bomb threat calls but, according to Sheriff Buck Foley, Adams said, "That's me," after listening to the 911 tapes of the calls.

Adams was charged with Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat, and District Judge Jim

Short set Adams' bond at $200,000.

Sheriff Foley described Adams as a 21 year military veteran who also taught school for 18 years, and had no criminal record.

In court on Jan. 3, Adams sat with other prisoners in the jury box wearing handcuffs, but he waved and blew kisses to a group of family members and friends who attended his court hearing.

Defense attorney Kissee told Judge Tim Weaver that he was representing Adams. He entered a plea of not guilty and said that he had filed a motion to reduce Adams' bond and intended to make a motion for a mental evaluation.

When the court recessed for lunch, Kissee told The News a bond reduction hearing would not be necessary, because he and the prosecutor had agreed on conditions for a lower bond.

An order modifying bail said:

* Adams' bond would be reduced from $200,000 to $50,000.

*Adams would be admitted to a four

week Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome Treatment program at the Veterans Hospital in Poplar Bluff, Mo. at the earliest possible opening.

*Adams will remain a hospital in-patient while being treated.

*After completing the program, Adams will be under house arrest, and will not leave his residence without permission from the Fulton County Sheriff's office or an order of the Court.

*Adams will arrange to wear an ankle bracelet to monitor his compliance with the house arrest.

On Jan. 3 at the courthouse, Adams' wife, Lynda, said she was hopeful arrangements being made would allow Adams to be released from jail.

As for the 13 people attending the court hearing with her, Adams said, "They are family and friends. A lot more wanted to come but couldn't be here."

Nodding to her daughter, Adams said, "She has gotten emails on Facebook from former students all over the country who think a lot of him (Adams). He was an ROTC teacher and has saved a lot of lives."

Friends have said that Adams' actions were totally out of character, and they have speculated that he had not been properly taking medications to help control his Post Traumatic Stress issues.

"He is a good man," Lynda Adams said, "but Vietnam Nam was not good for him."

On Monday, Jan. 7, Adams was released on bond, and transported to the VA Hospital in Poplar Bluff to begin his Post Traumatic Stress treatment.

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