Search warrant executed, suspect arrested after high school bomb threat

WADSWORTH, OH (WOIO) - On January 18th officers of the Wadsworth Police Department met with the administrative staff of the Wadsworth High School in reference to an e-mailed bomb threat that had been received by several staff members that morning.

In conjunction with the school personnel, it was determined to temporarily evacuate the students to the Wadsworth Middle School.  After this orderly evacuation, school personnel, members of the Wadsworth Safety Forces including police, fire and E.M.S., and specialized explosives-detecting canine teams from the Summit County Sheriff's Office and the University of Akron Police Department conducted a search of the entire school.

Nothing related to the bomb threat was discovered during this search and the school was deemed safe and the remaining students were returned to the school.  As a precaution, the students and staff were evacuated again during the stated threat of 12:45 P.M.

On January 23rd members of the Wadsworth Police Department executed a search warrant at 279 Stratford Avenue within the city of Wadsworth.  As a result of this investigation, Guy Barnard was arrested and initially charged with Inducing Panic, a felony of the second degree.  He was later incarcerated at the Medina County Jail.  Barnard is a senior at the Wadsworth High School. 

Even though some of his actions and procedures were sophisticated, including the use of several proxy servers, we were able to locate evidence leading to the issuance of the search warrant and his subsequent arrest.  

The investigation continues and the seized items from the search warrant will be forensically examined.  Further charges are pending the Grand Jury presentation.

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