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11/10/10: Bomb Threat Update: Higgins Open [8:50 p.m.]

November 10, 2010

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[8:50 p.m.]MACOMB, IL – Western Illinois University students living in Higgins Hall may return to the residence hall. The Office of Public Safety and other emergency personnel have completed a thorough search of Higgins Hall and determined that the building may re-open. The Office of Public Safety and the FBI is continuing the investigation into the recent threats.

Individuals with information about the threats should contact the WIU 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 reward of up to $2,500 through the WIU Foundation. Individuals interested in contributing to the Stop the Threat Fund, may send donations, payable to the WIU Foundation Stop the Threat Fund, 303 Sherman Hall, 1 University Circle, Macomb, IL 61455-1390.


[7:50 p.m.] MACOMB, IL -- Western Illinois University's Office of Public Safety (OPS) is reporting an anonymous bomb threat in Higgins Hall. OPS reported that a note was found in the hall. While at this time the Office of Public Safety does not believe it is a valid threat, the building has been evacuated, according to Director of Public Safety Robert Fitzgerald. Students will be allowed to return as soon as the building is searched and cleared by OPS.

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