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Penn Hills police interviewing suspect in school bomb threats

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Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, 3:12 p.m.

Penn Hills police have identified a student suspect in the rash of bomb threats which have plagued the Penn Hills School District over the past six days.

The first threat triggered the evacuation of the high school and the eventual dismissal of high-school students on Sept. 19.

A second threat was discovered on a note in a high-school restroom on Monday, followed by a third threat, delivered in the same manner at Linton Middle School on Tuesday morning. Both threats issued this week did not result in dismissal, and students resumed classes after police gave district officials the all-clear.

Police Chief Howard Burton said detectives are looking to administer a polygraph test to the male suspect.

Police declined to give the suspect's name and age. Burton said the investigation is ongoing.

Patrick Varine is an editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7845 or

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