Multiple Bomb Threats in Marietta

By: Cathleen Moxley Email
By: Cathleen Moxley Email

In a little more than 24 hours five bomb threats happened in Marietta, where they interrupted work days and left many citizens concerned.

"I planned to go to Wal-Mart, but I couldn't get into either of the accesses because of police cars," Jane Eakle, a shopper, said.

So Eakle's shopping trip was cut short when Wal-Mart had to close due to a bomb threat.

And Wal-Mart wasn't the only business receiving a bomb threat. Marietta police say the same thing happened with the Comfort Inn, Marietta College and Selby General Hospital.

"We've talked to our patients. We've let them know what's going on. Everyone's very calm," Jennifer Offenberger, a spokesperson for Marietta Memorial Hospital and Selby General, said.

Shoppers close to Wal-mart were also at ease.

"It doesn't scare me because I don't think anything's going on, but then you never know," Carole Sandy, another shopper, said.

Which is why law enforcement agencies spent the day trying to figure it out.

"It's kind of frustrating and I know that's expensive, but you have to air on the side of caution in case something is going on. I guess it's good to be safe," Eakle said.

The calls actually started Sunday when Marietta Memorial Hospital received a bomb threat.


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  • by mel on Feb 16, 2009 at 07:55 PM
    I really dont know what this persone is hoping to accompolish with these phone calls except for a very long prison term. When will people realize that there are less expensive and dangerous ways to get their kicks without scareing everyone.
  • by NO 1 Location: MARIETTA on Feb 16, 2009 at 05:27 PM
    what if they call them to our schools seriously and they're using the others as a distraction
  • by Ron Location: Parkersburg on Feb 16, 2009 at 04:15 PM
    I remember a few years ago at WVU-P someone would call in a Bomb Threat 2 Fridays in a row when there were tests scheduled. It has been so long now that I can't remember but I am sure they were caught. I remember being angry because of spending so much time studying for tests and having to go home.
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