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Cygnet man arrested for threatening to blow up North Baltimore school

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North Baltimore, OH - Police have arrested the man investigators say sent an anonymous letter threatening to blow up a North Baltimore school building earlier this month.

57-year-old Dwight Bower of Cygnet is behind bars at the Wood County Jail charged with inducing panic. He is being held on a quarter million dollars bond.

The arrest is a relief for parents, students, and teachers in North Baltimore schools which have been under heightened security for weeks.

13 ABC's Christine Long reports from Cygnet where police on Thursday searched the suspect's home.

Police say the 57-year-old man who lives in a home on the 300 block of Union Street sent an anonymous letter to the North Baltimore School District at the beginning of October. A forensic analysis of that threatening letter led to the suspect.

Investigators executed a search warrant on Thursday in Cygnet at the home of 57-year-old Dwight Bower, the man police say wrote an anonymous letter threatening to blow up a North Baltimore school three weeks ago.  They didn't find any weapons or explosives inside the home.

"He mostly stuck close to home," says neighbor Mary Vollmar who calls Bower a quiet guy. "I hate to see anyone do anything to kids. I never would've suspected that of him, no."

"He's a very frustrated person, very depressed," says North Baltimore Police Chief Allan Baer.

Chief Baer won't talk motive but says Bower has had a job for a long time, was never married, and has no kids.

State Bureau of Criminal Investigation lab technicians and the U.S. Postal Service helped trace the letter.

The chief also reveals there was a duplicate.

"Basically he was threatening to blow it up," says Chief Baer. "And he also sent a letter ten days after that original letter to the police department just venting his frustration." Christine asks, "Was the second letter anonymous, too?" Chief Baer says, "They were both anonymous and identical."

Marlene North, the Superintendent of North Baltimore Local Schools, doesn't know the suspect personally, but it's a small town.

"I only know it as a community member," says North. "Someone that has participated and he may have been a graduate."

North worried she would never know who wrote the terrifying letter she opened at the beginning of the month which sparked sweeps of school buildings and buses and left the district under heightened security.

"It really will be a little bit of a relief, certainly a lot of relief, to take a deep breath and say, 'Okay we can relax a little bit,'" says North.

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