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Vt. Man Arrested After Placing Fake Bomb Next to Retreat

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Mona Edwards

Police in Brattleboro, Vermont have caught a man allegedly responsible for a bomb hoax on Thursday night.

Brattleboro's Justin Clough, 39, was arrested and charged with a felony for placing a hoax device at the Brattleboro Retreat.

Brattleboro police responded to a call around 9 p.m. on Thursday to a report of a suspected explosive device that was located outside of the building. The perimeter was secured and area evacuated as the Brattleboro Fire Department assisted the police in setting up an incident command post.

Vermont State Police, the Windham Sherrif's Department and Rescue, Inc. also responded to the call, with a bomb squad from both the VSP and Albany, New York's FBI office called in to investigate the device.

Upon examination, the device was determined to be inert.

Clough was located near the Retreat and placed under arrest and ordered held on $2,500 bail. The investigation remains ongoing.

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