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Ohio man arrested after Lewisburg City Hall bomb threat

LEWISBURG, W.Va. (WVVA) - An Ohio man has been arrested after threatening Lewisburg's City Hall yesterday via phone.

City Hall was immediately evacuated and the Lewisburg Police and Fire Departments responded to and secured the scene.

The scene was then visually inspected and a bomb dog with the WV State Police responded from Fayette County and cleared the building.

City Hall and the Lewisburg Police Department Office were closed for the remainder of the day but are open for regular business hours today (2/19/20).

A subsequent investigation was conducted by the Lewisburg Police Department with Dep. Chief Vance as the lead investigator along with the assistance of the FBI, WV State Police, and the City of Cleveland Ohio Police Department which resulted in the arrest of Michael Joseph Neely Jr. in Cleveland Ohio.

Mr. Neely was charged in the Greenbrier County Magistrate Court with felony Threats of Terrorist Acts and False Reports Concerning Bombs or Other Explosive Devices.

Mr. Neely is incarcerated in Cleveland Ohio awaiting extradition back to West Virginia to face these charges.

Possible threats to other locations and state officials made by the same suspect are also under investigation.

After a bomb threat earlier today City Hall has been cleared. The Lewisburg Police Department has a suspect and the investigation is ongoing.

Posted by The City of Lewisburg on Tuesday, February 18, 2020

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Bailey Pace

Social Media and Digital Content Manager

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