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Man arrested in fake bomb threat against Huntley High School

Published: Monday, Nov. 5, 2012 9:27 a.m. CST

(MCT) — A man suspected of making a fake bomb threat to Huntley High School on Saturday was arrested in the school parking lot, but the threat caused a 7-hour evacuation of the area, police said.

Derek M. Habbley, 25, is awaiting a bond hearing Monday after being arrested on disorderly conduct and false bomb threat charges.

Police went to the parking lot of the school, 13719 Harmony Rd. in Huntley, just before 2 p.m. Saturday after someone called a cellular telephone company and said he had a bomb in his backpack at the school, according to a release from Huntley Deputy Police Chief Michael Klunk.

The caller told the phone company what he looked like and what kind of vehicle he was driving, and when police got to the lot, they found Habbley getting out of his vehicle, police said.

Habbley admitted he had made the threats and was arrested.

Police dogs indicated that there might have been something dangerous in the vehicle or backpack, and the school and nearby homes were evacuated while the Kane County sheriff’s bomb unit investigated, "but nothing dangerous or unlawful was located," Klunk said in an email. While a play scheduled for Saturday night had to be cancelled, area residents were allowed back in their homes just before 9 p.m.

Habbley, of the 10200 block of Ridge Lane in Union, remains in McHenry County Jail, pending the Monday hearing.

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