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Mom who phoned in bomb threats had problems with staff members at school

WICHITA — Police said a 27-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of making bomb threats to her child's elementary school had problems with some of the school's staff.

Lt. Ken Landwehr of the Wichita Police Department said today that the woman had worked as a parent volunteer at Payne Elementary, 1601 S. Edwards.

"She had trouble with some of the staff," he said.

Landwehr said the case will be presented to prosecutors today to decide whether charges should be filed. The woman could face felony charges of aggravated criminal threat and criminal threat.

Payne Elementary began receiving the calls in November, police said. The school got six bomb threats this month.

Officers from Patrol West began watching pay phones near the school, Landwehr said, and followed a woman who made a call to the school at 11 a.m. Tuesday. Officers then arrested the woman.

Landwehr said police have not found evidence of bomb-making materials or that there were any dangerous devices at the school.

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