New developments in fake bomb threat case

By Jesse Campbell -

JEFFERSON-The state’s case against two local men accused of making a bomb threat against the Ashe County Courthouse has been continued until March.

Dakota Scott Combs, 19, of Lansing, and 26-year-old Justin Paul Holdaway, of Fleetwood, were charged in August with making a false bomb threat against a public building, a Class H felony.The Ashe County Court House was evacuated following a dubious bomb threat on June 22.

Holdaway is scheduled to appear in Ashe County District Court on March 30 while Combs is slated to appear in superior court on March 27.

Former Ashe County Sheriff James Williams said at the time the threat that cleared the courthouse was received by phone and was initially reported to 911 dispatch at 11 a.m. on June 22, and was quickly followed by two additional mobile calls that Williams believe originated within the same vehicle.

“On the first call we couldn’t hear anything,” said Williams. “On the second call, it sounded garbled like someone was driving down the road with the phone out the window like they were trying to mask their voice. It was a female who said she heard two guys talking about planting a pipe bomb in the court house.”

A short time later, authorities received a call from a male saying there was a bomb in court house.

“At the time, we decided out of abundance of caution to search the court house,” said Williams. “Of course, we found nothing.”

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By Jesse Campbell

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