UW-W police continue to investigate threat

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Kevin Hoffman
May 5, 2011
— UW-Whitewater police say they have a couple “names of interest,” but no real suspects related to a threatening note found last month in the bathroom of a campus building.

Police Chief Matt Kiederlen said the department continues to investigate what he believes was a prank when someone left a note in the men’s bathroom of the Williams Center on April 19. The note, discovered by someone who frequents the Williams Center, allegedly indicated a “device” would go off in the building, university officials said.

The building, which is the university’s athletics center, was shut down, and a dog trained in detecting explosives was brought from UW-Madison’s campus. The center was closed for two days, resulting in the cancellation of 75 intramural events and a few classes.

Kiederlen said nothing was found after searching the building.

“That’s my gut reaction (that it was a prank),” he said. “Someone doing something really stupid.”

Kiederlen said someone gave the department a couple of names investigators are still following up on. He didn’t provide any additional details.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Walworth County CrimeStoppers at (262) 723-2677

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