Arrest made in bomb threat case

BELPRE — Gayle Dotson, 49, of Parkersburg, was arrested Tuesday on the charge of making false alarms in connection to the bomb threat Boxers Bed & Biscuits received, Belpre Police Chief Terry Williams said.

Dotson, who was being held in the Washington County Jail, had been an employee of Boxers Bed & Biscuits, 1301 Washington Blvd., at the time of allegedly issuing the threat, Williams said.

On her Facebook page Tuesday, Angela Beck, owner of Boxers Bed & Biscuits, said Dotson had been disappointed to have been passed over for a promotion the week prior. Beck told Belpre police about this incident, Williams said.

Additional information about the case from police was unavailable Tuesday.

Parts of Belpre were closed off and evacuated for a search to be conducted after Boxers Bed & Biscuits received the bomb threat around 1:50 p.m. Saturday, Sgt. J. Kirby with Belpre Police Department said Saturday.

During the two and a half hour long search, traffic was closed on Washington Boulevard at the intersections of Putnam Howe Drive, Lee Street and Ohio Avenue and Lee Street at Third and Fourth steets. A bomb dog from Ohio University was brought in to check the interior and exterior of the building.

According to Kirby, a bomb was not discovered, and the scene was cleared at 4:21 p.m.

Employees and more than 200 pets were at the Belpre business at the time of the incident, Beck said on Facebook.

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