Denton and Corinth police were among the law enforcement agencies in North Texas who responded to phony bomb threats that appeared to have been made across the country on Thursday.
The threats started to make headlines by mid-afternoon Thursday. An email sent to universities, news outlets, businesses and other entities across the country demanded its unknown sender be paid thousands in electronic bitcoin or the sender promised to detonate explosive devices, supposedly placed inside buildings, as reported by The Associated Press.
Denton police took account of two such threats made here. Police spokesman Bryan Cose wrote in an email that police and firefighters responded to a threat at a car dealership in the 4000 block of Interstate 35E and another at a business located in the 700 block of Interstate 35E.
Cose said both buildings were searched, but no explosive devices were found in either.
Corinth police responded to a bomb threat made to a hair salon near North Texas Central College just before noon Thursday.
Lt. Jimmie Gregg, spokesman for the Corinth police, said the threat was a hoax.
He said the hair salon received an email about 12:15 p.m. saying a bomb would be detonated in the salon if the business did not send electronic bitcoin payments to whomever sent the email.
Gregg said authorities searched the salon, located in the 1400 block of North Corinth Street and found no explosive device.
Elsewhere in North Texas, threats were reported in Lewisville, Southlake and Arlington, among others. Even the Wise County Messenger newspaper in Decatur received the email, one of its reporters said on Twitter. CNN reported the University of Washington in Seattle, the Park Record newspaper in Park City, Utah, and others received threats similar to those reported in the North Texas area.
3500 block of South Interstate 35E — Two people who police say were wanted for felony warrants were arrested in a parking lot Wednesday afternoon by Denton investigators, according to a police report.
South Elm Street and East Sycamore Street — Denton police arrested a man for possession of about 9 grams of marijuana, according to a police report.
900 block of West University Drive — A man was arrested for possession of a controlled substance after police said he was found with heroin, a burned spoon and a needle, according a police report.
From 7 a.m. Wednesday to 7 a.m. Thursday:
- The Denton Police Department handled 145 service and officer-initiated calls and made 12 arrests.
- Denton firefighters responded to 20 medical calls and two vehicle crashes.