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Former Standout Wrestler Facing Federal Bomb Threat Charge

WHITLEY CITY, Ky. (AP) - A former southeastern Kentucky high school wrestler faces a federal charge of calling in a bomb threat in what police said was a misguided attempt to halt school for a day.

Jacob Watson, 19, was charged in U.S. District Court on Friday with terroristic threatening.

Kentucky state police detective Billy Correll said Watson called the McCreary County 911 center early on Jan. 30 and said a bomb would explode at McCreary Central High School later that day.

Watson was no longer a student, but had friends who were. Correll said the apparent intent of the call was to get school canceled. School officials called off classes, but cited bad weather as the reason.

Police searched the school and found no bomb. Shortly before midnight that night, a second bomb threat was called in. Police searched but found no bomb.

Correll took a tape of the 911 calls to the school and played it for school employees. A student admitted to making the second bomb threat, then told Thomas Chittum III, an agent with the U.S. Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, about Watson and other witnesses, according to Chittum's affidavit.

Watson was at one time ranked No. 1 in the state in his weight class during the 2006-07 wrestling season.
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Information from: Lexington Herald-Leader,
http://www.kentucky.com

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

AP-NY-02-23-08 1205EST


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