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11/10/10: Crime Stoppers Joins in Search for Threats Against WIU Residence Halls

November 10, 2010

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MACOMB, IL - - The Macomb Area Crime Stoppers has joined in the efforts to help capture and convict the individual(s) responsible for making bomb threats to two residence halls on the Western Illinois University-Macomb campus.

"The latest threats of Nov. 4 and Nov. 5 against Tanner Hall and a Nov. 9 threat against Thompson Hall are being investigated to the fullest extent by the University's Office of Public Safety police officers, along with federal law enforcement officials," said WIU President Al Goldfarb in his Nov. 9 letter (at to the campus community, parents and friends.

Members of the WIU community should report anything suspicious immediately to the Office of Public Safety at (309) 298-1949.

Individuals with information leading to an arrest may be eligible to receive Western's Stop the Threat Fund through the WIU Foundation, which includes an initial $500 reward, and an additional $2,000 reward, donated by President and Mrs. Elaine Goldfarb and Vice President for Student Services Garry Johnson. The fund was established in March 2009 in response to two previous unfounded threats.

Information regarding these crimes may also be reported to Crime Stoppers, (309) 836-3222 or 1-800-222-TIPS. Callers can also leave an online tip at Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest.

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