Arrest made in Greenbrier bomb threat

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — A Boone County man is behind bars charged with making terrorist threats to the Greenbrier Resort and a Charleston senior living facility.

State Police arrested Joseph Toler, 62, of Danville this week at his home in Danville.

Toler is alleged to have phoned in bomb threats to the Summers County 911 center last Saturday claiming bombs had been placed in the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and at the Edgewood Summit retirement home in Charleston. The caller advised the bombs would be detonated at 4 p.m. that day.

Law enforcement in Greenbrier County and Kanawha County responded to the two locations. Guests from the Greenbrier Hotel were evacuated along with residents of Edgewood Summit in Charleston. The buildings were thoroughly searched with bomb sniffing dogs and no devices were found. At one point the same caller made a second call to the Summers County 911 center claiming first responders were running out of time.

Acting on evidence collected with a number of search warrants troopers from the State Police detachments in Union, Hinton, Danville, and the Digital Forensics Unit were able to develop information to trace and identity Toler’s cell phone as the source of all three calls.

He was arrested on warrants obtained in Monroe County for three counts of making terrorist threats and three counts of false reporting of an emergency incident. Toler is lodged in the South Central Regional Jail in lieu off $75,000 bond.

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