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Ohio teen suspect in 2018 police hoax in Dodge County

March 19, 2019 GMT

JUNEAU — A 17-year-old Ohio boy is suspected of making a hoax phone call that resulted in a Dodge County SWAT deployment and closed Highway 151 a year ago.

Dodge County Sheriff’s Office Detective Andrew Rolfs, in collaboration with other law enforcement agencies from around the country, were able to identify the teen. Dodge County Sheriff Dale Schmidt said they are not able to release the name of the juvenile suspect, who is from Youngstown, Ohio. However, investigations by law enforcement revealed that similar incidents occurred around the United States and the phone calls originated from Mahoning County, Ohio.

As a result, the Mahoning County Prosecutor’s Office agreed to handle all charges related to the crimes, and 73 counts of delinquency were filed in Mahoning County, which include 40 felonies and 33 misdemeanors.

On the afternoon of March 22, 2018, the Dodge County Sheriff’s Office received a report of an active shooter at a house on Highway 151. Sheriff’s deputies and members of the area SWAT team responded to a house on Highway 151 between Highway S and Forest Road at 3:32 p.m.

The SWAT team contacted the homeowner, and the sheriff would not say if there were other people in the home.

Schmidt said he hopes that the resolution of this case will dissuade others from trying this type of activity.

“The individual involved believed he would get away with inciting fear in our community and now faces significant repercussions,” Schmidt said.