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Elevated threat level reduced at Shepherd

September 22, 2006|by DAVE McMILLION

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. - Shepherd University employees and students were advised earlier this week to be on the lookout for any suspicious activities on the campus after school administrators were sent an e-mail making unspecified threats to the university, a Shepherd spokeswoman said Thursday.

Students and employees were told Thursday they no longer had to be on the lookout for suspicious activity after consulting with law enforcement officials, Shepherd spokeswoman Valerie Owens said.

School officials also lowered the threat level for school students and employees because of an arrest of an individual on separate charges on the campus Thursday morning, Owens said.

The person had not been charged in connection with the threats as of Thursday afternoon, Owens said.

After the threatening e-mail was sent to school administrators, Shepherd officials sent an e-mail to employees and students on Monday and Tuesday informing them about the threats, Owens said.

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The school's e-mail asked students and employees to be vigilant and report any suspicious activity, Owens said.

The recommendation was made as part of an "elevated condition of threat" on the campus, Owens said.

The elevated condition of threat was lifted Thursday, university President David L. Dunlop said in a news release.

"We take safety issues very seriously here on campus," Owens said.

The threatening e-mails were referred immediately to police for investigation and the agencies involved included the Shepherdstown Police Department, the Jefferson County Sheriff's Department and the FBI.

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