Neb. deputy arrested after school threats

Published October 7, 2006

BASSETT, Neb. - A rookie sheriff's deputy was arrested in connection with a school shooting threat that led to school lockdowns in three counties earlier this week, officials said Friday.

The Nebraska State Patrol said Ivan D. Young, 41, of Beatrice was being held in the Rock County Jail. Patrol spokeswoman Deb Collins did not say what led to Young's arrest but said he had worked as a deputy in Holt County since August.

The schools in Nebraska's Brown, Rock and Holt counties, a rural area covering some 5,000 square miles, were locked down Wednesday when a newspaper got a warning that there would be a shooting.

Other recent scares:

northern Vermont: Students and staff at a high school were kept after school for more than two hours Friday after a man wearing camouflage and carrying a gun was spotted nearby, authorities said. Vermont State Police Sgt. John Flannigan said the person may have been a hunter.

Northern Virginia: Classes were canceled for the Culpeper County School District on Thursday after a bomb threat. Fifteen schools were searched, but police and 20 bomb-sniffing dogs found no explosives.

Eastport, Maine: A crisis drill became real Thursday when officials learned a man with a gun was spotted entering woods near an elementary school. The weapon turned out to be a pellet gun for target practice.