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March 15, 2013

Woman charged with making terroristic threat in Cullman (UPDATED)

By Ashley Graves
The Cullman Times

CULLMAN — Cullman police arrested a suspect Friday afternoon in connection with a bomb threat made at a local non-profit agency earlier in the day.

Police did not want to identify the agency because of the sensitive nature of its service in the community.

Whitney Ann Swoopes, 25, of Cullman, was taken into custody by authorities and charged with making a terroristic threat.

According to Cullman Assistant Police Chief Craig Green, Swoopes sent emails and text messages to several employees at the agency that mentioned the words “bomb going off.”

“It is believed that she was recently terminated by the business,” Green said.

Cullman Police, EMS, and Fire and Rescue all responded to the scene. The building was evacuated as a precaution.

 The department’s bomb sniffing dog was also called in to assist in searching the building. However, nothing was found.

Green thanked the officers in the department for their prompt work.

“I appreciate the quick work of patrol and investigation from start to finish and when they made an arrest,” he said. “It shows the teamwork inside the department.

Swoopes is being held in the Cullman County Detention Center on a $5,000 bond.



Ashley Graves can be reached by phone at 734-2131, ext. 225, or by email at agraves@cullmantimes.com