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Matrix re-opens its doors c ASBCC election information the .A.DV( TE Vol. xM, No. 26 Bellevue Community College May 9, 1986 i i Bomb threat clears student union Photo by Kevin Pa"/e.hur,$ t by Mex Washington Advocate staff A bomb threat prompted campus secur- ity to evacuate the smdem union May 5. The student union was cleared from 3:45 to 4:15 p.m. after a caller said a bomb was set to go off at 4 p.m. College security, student union staff, and Bellevue police officer Denise Dingfield searched the student union between 3 and 3:30 p.m., but turned up no trace of a bomb. A 19 year old male was arrested by Redmond pofice in connection with a related incident. According to the police crime report, the suspect, a student at the College, said he overheard 2 other smden say a bomb was set to go off at 4 p.m. " ............ Paul Thompson, pres. of the College, made the decision to evacuate the student union at approximately 3:40. The building was emptied and secured by 3:45. Fifty to 60 students, including the International club, which was rehearsing for its fashion show, were evacuated from the building. Faisal Jaswal, pres. of the International Club, said he was "approached by Pres. Thompson and asked to clear the building for about half an hour." The student union was re-opened at 4:15 by Jewell Manspeaker, dean of administrative services. Captain John Egan of Bellevue police said "80% of the bomb threats in Bellevue are aimed at schools and are usually made by students." Egan went on to explain how the suspect was apprehended. The emergency phone service 911 received a call from an unidentified caller at 1 O- 19 a.m., who said: "I have information - I don't know who did it -- but someone has planted a bomb at Bellevue Square Nordstrom's/' The caller then hung up. The 911 dispatcher traced the call to the phone number 644-9211, a pay phone located at the College, and called Nord- : ....... : ......... :::: ::h: :  ..........  ::  : t?'Y:: :iiS  ::ii:i :8.::!:: .......  :!,i * :: " : ,  L":{C%' C : ::: ::- :@ ::,. ,.#It(.q ':: .,Z: I &:.s.,';>. -S':.@!..,s : " . : , Jeff Grant, a student at the College, looks at one of the everyday challenges facing disabled students. The College will sponsor AWARE week May 13-15, with activities and speakers highlighting the abilities of disabled persons. A schedule of events follows: May 13: Welcome address by President Thompson - 10:00 a.m. Silent auction 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Wheelchair obsticle course race - 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Mary Kaye Cosmetics - 10:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Brom Wikstrom (artist) - 11:30 am. - 2:30 p.m. May 14: Danny Deardorff - 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Radio Theater of the Blind - 12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Auction (continuing) Wheelchair Race (continuing) Mary Kaye Cosmetics (continuing) strom's security. Nordstrom's security and employees searched the store, but no unusual objects were discovered. The 911 dispatcher later received a call, near 3 p.m., informing the authorities that a bomb was set to go off in the College's student union at 4 p.m. During the conversation, 911 traced the call to the Redmond FlakeyJake's. Sergeant Skip Heimdinger and officer Larry Comrad of the Redmond police department arrived before the suspect finished the call. Police took the suspect to the Redmond police station where he was questioned by Bellevue and Redmond police. He was later released on his own recognizance.