Man arrested for BOE threat

A Buckhannon man was arrested after allegedly leaving a recorded message with the Upshur County Board of Education Thursday, telling officials to remember “what happened in Newtown, Conn.,” if they did not reinstate his ability to be on school property.

Tony Vincent Herndon, 45, of Route 3, Box 249-D, is being held in the Tygart Valley Regional Jail in lieu of $125,000 bond after being arrested by the Upshur County Sheriff Department following the alleged phone threat. He is charged with making threats of a terroristic act.

Upshur County Superintendent of Schools Scott Lampinen said Herndon had been banned from school property a few years ago after Herndon allegedly came to a school seeking information on a student who was not identified by Lampinen.

Herndon allegedly called the school board office on Thursday in an attempt to have those privileges reinstated, but instead left a message saying that if those privileges were not reinstated, that the Board of Education knows what happened in Newtown, Conn., according to the criminal complaint in Magistrate Court.

Upshur County Magistrate Mike Coffman ordered that Herndon have no contact with any school board personnel, any school employee or be on any Board of Education property while the case is pending.

If convicted of the felony charge, Herndon faces a prison sentence of between one and three years and a fine up to $25,000.