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Scotia man accused of making threat against Utica College

Utica College was locked down for several hours Thursday after receiving an unspecified threat from
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Utica College was locked down for several hours Thursday after receiving an unspecified threat from a Scotia man, police and college officials said.

Police arrested 36-year-old David Piper at around 5 p.m. in Scotia, about three and a half hours after he allegedly phoned Herkimer County Community College and said, “something is going to happen to Utica College,” without further elaboration, Utica Public Safety Commissioner Daniel LaBella told the Utica Observer-Dispatch.

Officials at the community college warned Utica College of the threat, prompting a lockdown on the campus, LaBella said. The alleged threat prompted college officials to lock down all buildings on campus to allow entrance and exit through a single door. Extra security guards and police also were dispatched to the school.

Scotia police Sgt. Thomas Rush said Piper told investigators that he called Herkimer County Community College to find out about classes and get general information.

“They feel and we feel that he is not a threat at this point,” Rush said.

Piper was released after being questioned for a few hours and as of Thursday night had not been charged.

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