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Bomb threat prompts evacuation at Grand Forks Public Library

Raymond Lassiter

GRAND FORKS — A man was arrested Monday, Dec. 3, in relation to a bomb threat that forced the Grand Forks Public Library to be evacuated, police said.

Police arrested Raymond Lassiter, 34, Grand Forks, after the bomb threat was reported by library staff, according to a news release. Lassiter is expected to face a disorderly conduct charge, police Sgt. Jay Middleton said.

Officers responded at 2:30 p.m. to 2110 Library Circle, where Lassiter was overheard saying he had a bomb inside his computer, the release said. The library was evacuated, but nothing was found in the building that would threaten occupants, the release said. The library reopened shortly after police responded.

Lassiter was taken to the Grand Forks County Correctional Center but was bailed out Monday afternoon, jail staff said.

April Baumgarten

April Baumgarten joined the Grand Forks Herald May 19, 2015, and covers crime and education. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, where her family raises registered Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at Jamestown (N.D.) College, now known as University of Jamestown. During her time at the college, she worked as a reporter and editor-in-chief for the university's newspaper, The Collegian. Baumgarten previously worked for The Dickinson Press as a city government and energy reporter in 2011 before becoming the editor of the Hazen Star and Center Republican. She then returned to The Press as a news editor, where she helped lead an award-winning newsroom in recording the historical oil boom.

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