Man charged with making terrorist threat on Central Methodist University campus

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FAYETTE, MO (AP) – A 21-year-old central Missouri man has been charged with making a terrorist threat by calling 911 and saying a gunman was on a university campus.

The Columbia Daily Tribune reports Brian Baxter of Fayette was arraigned Wednesday in Howard County on the felony count. Prosecutors say Baxter called 911 on April 3 saying an armed man was walking toward a building on the Central Methodist University campus.

The campus was put on lockdown at 11:15 p.m. while law enforcement agencies conducted a building-by-building search.

Police say a cellphone found near campus linked Baxter to the threat after the phone’s owner said he gave the phone to Baxter a few days earlier.

Baxter’s attorney told The Associated Press on Thursday the terrorist charge is way overblown.
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Information from: Columbia Daily Tribune, http://www.columbiatribune.co