Man arrested regarding WKCTC campus threat
Paducah police say they've arrested a McCracken County man accused of threatening to blow up West Kentucky Community and Technical College Tuesday morning.
The man, 57-year-old Harry D. Thurby Jr., is not enrolled at WKCTC, according to the Paducah Police Department. Officers say multiple witnesses reported hearing Thurby, who was there to attend an adult education workshop, threaten to blow up the school. Police say the man was wearing black "military-type" fatigues and a pair of gloves was sticking out of a pocket of his clothes.
Thurby was found in room 227 of the Anderson Technical Building. Police say when officers ordered him to keep his hands in view, Thurby reached into his pockets and began throwing bandannas at them. He was taken into custody, and the building was evacuated by school security.
The police department's bomb squad checked multiple items of Thurby's and searched his pickup truck, but found no explosives. Police say WKCTC officials have permanently banned Thurby from all of the school's properties. He has been charged with first degree terroristic threatening and was jailed in the McCracken County Regional Jail.
The police department was assisted at the scene by campus security, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department, and Kentucky State Police.