Information Regarding the Recent Pitt Bomb Threats – Updated 8/15/12
Update on 8/15/12- According to the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, a federal grand jury today indicted Dublin, Ireland resident Adam Stuart Busby, charging him with the bomb threats that plagued campus in April. Officials are refusing to release information on the motives behind Busby’s actions. He is currently in custody in Ireland. In addition, two Ohio residents claiming to be associated with the hacking group Anonymous were indicted with extortion in regards to forcing Chancellor Nordenberg to apologize for the bomb threats on Pitt’s website or sensitive information on Pitt’s computer network would become public.
4/18/12 – The University of Pittsburgh has begun a webpage devoted specifically to the ongoing bomb threats and campus safety. The Lede blog on the New York Times website has a story about the couple subpoenaed in the ongoing investigation. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette also has a detailed story about Tuesday’s grand jury meeting, available online here.
4/17/12 – U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) today wrote a letter to Attorney General Eric Holder and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, urging them to provide all appropriate assistance to law enforcement to help address the recent bomb threats in Pittsburgh. Read it online here.
4/16/12 – A subpoena against a transgendered couple from Johnstown has been issued in the Pitt bomb threats case. Read more about Seamus Johnston and and Katherine Anne McCloskeyhere (via Pittsburgh Post-Gazette). They will appear on Tuesday, April 17th before a grand jury. Read the couple’s response to their subpoena and FBI visit here (via @PittBombThreats)
4/13/12 -Vice Provost and Dean of Students Kathy Humphrey has released a statement regarding bomb threats and the challenges to the academic process that are now being address by the University- particularly with final exams approach. Read Dr. Humphrey’s statement online here. Dr. Humphrey will host public Dean’s Hours on Thursday, April 19th between 3-4 PM on the William Pitt Union Patio.
4/13/12 – Pitt Police Chief Tim Delaney’s conference about Emergency Preparedness and Campus Safety on Monday, April 16th has been eanceled
4/13/12 – The bombs threats have spread to the Pitt-Bradford Campus in addition to previous threats to the Western Pennsylvania School for the Blind, Point Park University, CCAC, and California University of Pennsylvania.
4/10/12: WPTS interviewed Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Robert Hill at 4 PM regarding the University’s response to the continuing bomb threats. Listen online here.
4/9/12 – The Pitt Police website confirms that there will be two separate lines to enter buildings – one for those with bags, one for those without. Please only carry items necessary for work/study. Security lines fluctuate to up to 25 minute waits. If entering the Cathedral, we recommended entering through the Fifth Avenue or Heinz Chapel side (instead of the Bigelow Blvd. side) for the shortest lines.
4/8/12-The University has announced new security measures aimed at deterring further threats. Students and staff must present identification to enter secured buildings. “Book bags, backpacks and packages will not be allowed. There will be single entrances to buildings so there will be longer waiting times to get into the buildings. In addition, non-University of Pittsburgh residents will not be allowed in the residence halls.”
To read the full message from Provost Patricia Beeson, please check your University email address or log in to my.pitt.edu.
The WPTS twitter (@WPTSradio) has up to the minute info from all ENS alerts as we receive it.
For an ongoing analysis of the recent bomb threats (not affiliated with any law enforcement agency), check out http://stopthepittbombthreats.blogspot.com/
WTAE (via the @OaklandZoo twitter) has acquired images of several of the bomb threats written in the bathrooms at Pitt.
The Western Pennsylvania Department of Justice has issued a statement about the threats on 4/6/12.
Read Chancellor Nordenberg’s 4/3/12 statement about the recent threats.