THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Coleman School Threat Suspect Is Under Arrest
Issue Date: October 18, 2017
An anonymous voicemail threat received by Coleman School District early Monday morning, Oct. 16, caused cancellation of classes and extra curricular activities for the day. As a precaution students were evacuated to nearby churches. At 11:30 a.m. school busses were dispatched to take them home. By noon on Tuesday, Oct. 17, Marinette county Sheriff's Department had a suspect in custody.
After the school buildings and surrounding area were thoroughly searched students who had vehicles at school were advised that they could pick them up.
Sheriff Jerry Sauve, in a news release issued shortly after noon on Tuesday, said his department had a suspect in custody. He credited Coleman Police Chief Ida Soletske with identifying the suspect, and reported that his department had requested that formal charges be brought against Jacob Peterson, 24, of Coleman. Likely charges are Terroristic Threats, Disorderly Conduct, Resisting or Obstructing An Officer, and Criminal Damage to Property. Action will be referred to the District Attorney's office.
The call reportedly involved a somewhat vague threat that "the library was going down." Soletske reportedly recognized the voice in the recorded message and identified the caller after her identification was confirmed by others. Peterson was asked to come in for an interview, and some of the charges against him are related to events that reportedly occurred during his arrest.
Sauve said Coleman Police were assisted during the event by Marinette County Sheriff's Office, Brown County Sheriff's Office K9 Unit and Crivitz Police Department.
Peterson's record in Marinette County Circuit Court includes being found guilty of battery in December of 2012; being found guilty of graffiti in June of 2015, and no contest pleas in July of 2015 to misdemeanor counts of endangering safety with use of a dangerous weapon and disorderly conduct. A count of battery was read into the record at that time but dismissed.