• Woman pleads guilty to hoax bomb threat against Claremore schools


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    • Claremore Public Schools were evacuated Tuesday, March 27.
    • Investigators say they received bomb threats made toward the district
    • School officials asked parents to pick up their children
    • Officials said all school locations were cleared, and they were unable to locate any explosive devices
    • A 48-year-old woman allegedly confessed to calling in the threat; police arrested Stephanie Montgomery on felony complaints of making a terroristic threat.
    • On Sept. 6, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced that Montgomery pleaded guilty to providing false information about bombs in schools.

    CLAREMORE, Okla. - Update Jan. 17, 2019: Stephanie Louise Montgomery was sentenced to ten months in federal prison followed by three years of supervised release. As a part of the plea deal, Montgomery will pay restitution in the amount of $6,391.78 to law enforcement agencies and first responders. The court also imposed a mandatory special monetary assessment of $100.00.

    The woman arrested and accused of calling in bomb threats against Claremore schools has pleased guilty to providing false information about bombs in schools.

    The U.S. Attorney's Office made the announced on Sept. 6.

    Claremore Police arrested 48-year-old Stephanie Louise Montgomery for making a terroristic threat in March. Investigators say Montgomery confessed to calling in the threat, which is a felony.

    Charges were filed in early April, including placing bodily fluids on a government employee. She faces a count of terrorism hoax and unlawful use of a communication facility. 

    All students were evacuated from all Claremore Public Schools and told to leave their backpacks behind. The school district will reunite the students with their belongings Wednesday.

    Police, with the assistance of the Tulsa Bomb Squad, investigated the situation at all the area schools. They officially cleared all seven schools and were unable to find any explosive devices. 

    Below: A statement from Claremore Police

    Investigators said they are working to identify who called in the threat.

    Teachers and other school personnel were not allowed back in school buildings Tuesday evening, but school will be back in session Wednesday.

    Claremore police said students were moved to pick-up sites so parents could pick them up.

    The locations are as follows:

    • Northeast Technology Center (NTC) will be the pick-up site for Westside Elementary and Catalaya Elementary. The address for NTC is 1901 N Hwy 88.
    • 1st Baptist Church will be the pick-up site for Claremont Elementary and Stuart Roosa Elementary. The address for 1st Baptist is 107 E. Will Rogers Blvd.
    • Claremore Public library will be the pick-up site for the High School and Jr. High. The address is 1515 N. Florence Ave.
    • The Claremore Community Center will be the pick-up site for additional highschool children. The address is 2301 N. Sioux Ave.
    • Alternative Learning can be picked up from the school. The address is 102 W. 10th St.
    • High School Project CEEP students can be picked up New Hope Church of God located at 1904 N. Sioux Ave.

    Students were supervised through school hours if parents could not pick them up.

    District officials said the Red Cross provided snacks, waters and lunches to students who could not be picked up immediately.

    Officials said they believe this is the first time in the city's history that the entire school district had to be evacuated.

    There are nearly 4,000 students and more than 300 staff members at the district.

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