Crime & Courts

Volunteer charged in bomb threats to Payne Elementary

A 27-year-old woman who was arrested on suspicion of making bomb threats to her child's grade school was charged Thursday with nine felony counts of making criminal threats.

Bond for Shanna E. Loman was set at $100,000 after she was charged with six counts of making a criminal threat and three counts of aggravated criminal threat. A preliminary hearing was set for May 13.

Under Kansas law, a person who threatens violence with the intent to cause the evacuation of a place of assembly can be charged with making a criminal threat. Aggravated charges can be filed when a building is evacuated or locked down.

The criminal threat charges carry presumptive sentences of probation, but the aggravated charges carry sentences of 31 to 34 months in prison with a judge having the option of granting probation.

Wichita police Lt. Ken Landwehr said Loman had worked as a parent volunteer at Payne Elementary, 1601 S. Edwards.

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

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 made the arrest.

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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