Local man arrested following alleged threat

A 54-year-old Three Rivers resident was arrested this week for allegedly making a threat against Three Rivers Middle School.

Authorities said James Roberts was charged with making a false report or threat of terrorism after allegedly calling in a threat against the school Friday.

Roberts was arraigned Tuesday; bond was set at $250,000. If convicted, Roberts could face up to 20 years in prison.

According to Michigan State Police, Roberts allegedly called News Channel 3 in Kalamazoo and indicated he was going to shoot up the middle school. The threat was then shared with the school and reported to law enforcement.

Troopers eventually identified a suspect, and a search warrant was obtained and executed at his residence.

The incident forced Three Rivers Community Schools to close for the day on Monday.

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