Woman charged with NRHS bomb threats

Published 10:25 pm Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A 48-year-old Suffolk woman has been charged with a recent string of bomb threats to a local high school and a Walgreens located on Bridge Road. Wednesday, Suffolk fire marshals in conjunction with the Chesapeake Fire Marshals’ Office arrested Remonia Yvonne Hines, of the 4000 block of Pughsville Road, according to a city news release.

Hines was charged with five counts of threatening to bomb. Two of the charges are for incidents in Suffolk. The remaining three charges were issued in Chesapeake for bomb threats to a Chesapeake business.

Nansemond River High School experienced a series of bomb threats, with the first occurring on Sept. 25. The school has since been the target of four additional bomb threats.

Suffolk schools spokeswoman Bethanne Bradshaw said the division is pleased a suspect has been apprehended.

“When you have to evacuate a building for the safety of the students, sometimes you’re waiting hours,” Bradshaw said. “It’s lost instructional time. We want our schools to be safe, so we have to take these things seriously.”

Bradshaw added the arrest should serve as a warning to others who might think a bomb threat is funny.

“We hope this is an example to anybody who thinks it would be fun to call in a bomb threat to anywhere,” Bradshaw said.

Each bomb threat charge is a felony, punishable by up to 10 years in prison for each threat made. In addition, if convicted, Hines could be required to pay restitution to cover the cost of all responding emergency personnel and equipment.

Hines is currently being held at Western Tidewater Regional Jail without bond. Additional charges for Suffolk incidents are pending.