The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

May 24, 2013

Shady Spring man arrested for threats

By Jessica Farrish
Register-Herald Reporter

SHADY SPRING — Boone County sheriff’s deputies arrested a Shady Spring man Wednesday on charges of threats of a terrorist act.

David Henry Linville, 26, allegedly sent a message to a Sherman High School student on Monday via a social networking site.

In the message, Linville wrote that he planned to “relive the Newtown shooting,” referring to the Newtown, Conn., shooting in which Adam Lanza killed 20 students at Sandy Hook Elementary School, according to a press release by Boone Sheriff Randall White.

The unidentified student contacted authorities.

“Threats like this are taken very seriously and will not be tolerated,” said White.

“Safety of our school children is our No. 1 priority, and we will not allow anyone to compromise that.”

Deputies immediately began an investigation and were able to identify Linville as the sender, officials said.

Meanwhile, Sherman was placed on a modified lockdown, with the rest of Boone schools placed on a precautionary modified status.

Deputies worked with Raleigh County Sheriff’s Department and the FBI to apprehend Linville, who was arraigned before Raleigh Magistrate Richard Jones and released on bond.

He faces one to three years in prison if convicted.

White said Boone County School Board of Education, Sherman staff and faculty and the Boone County prosecutor’s office assisted in the investigation.