Sheriff & Fire News for August 23, 2012 edition

August 23, 2012 

Oakhurst Man arrested for Bass Lake Courthouse bomb threat that occurred on Aug. 14

Madera County Sheriff John Anderson announced the capture of an Oakhurst man believed to be tied to last week's Bass Lake Courthouse Bomb Threat.

Mountain Area deputies captured a 42-year-old William Shannon Reed shortly before 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 21.

Reed, who has a white pride tattoo, was apprehended near Dale Lane and Crane Valley Road (426) in Oakhurst. He was standing beside a stolen truck with a flat tire when deputies arrived on scene.

The investigation began Aug. 14 when Cal Fire investigators and sheriff's deputies, along with a bomb sniffing canine, were dispatched to the Bass Lake Courthouse on Road 274. An incendiary device had been set off and a bomb threat had been phoned into two local news agencies.

After following up on a number of leads and tips, deputies identified Reed as a suspect in this case.

Reed, who is on parole, was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine at the time of his arrest.

He is being held without bail.

The investigation is still ongoing. More information will be released as it becomes available.

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