Homer Police Department – Today at 9 a.m. the Homer Police Department received a report from the Alaska State Troopers that an event requiring law enforcement was occurring at the Homer High School. Homer Police officers responded to the school and found that it was being evacuated by school staff. Investigation revealed that an object appearing to be an explosive device had been left in a stairwell area inside the school. School officials moved the object and examined it prior to the arrival of police officers. The school was searched and no other devices were found. Students were allowed to re-enter the school and classes resumed.
School staff identified 18-year-old Zachary Fraley and a 16-year-old male as being responsible for making the device and placing it in the stairwell. Both stated they had done so as a “prank.” They have been arrested for Terroristic Threatening in the first degree. A class B felony.
The 16-year-old has been released to his parents. Fraley is being held at the Homer Jail. Fraley offered a statement and admitted to making a device that appeared to be an explosive device. Fraley also described to Sgt. Kuhns in his statement the components he used to make the device. According the complaint, Sgt. Kuhns observed that the device created by the defendant was not a viable explosive device, but had the appearance of an explosive device that would cause one to pause before examination.
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