BY MELANIE BUCK –
A local woman has been arrested after allegedly making bomb threats to a trio of local businesses on Valentine’s Day. Korrie Cathleen Scarbrough, age 41, of Mena, is currently being held in the Polk County Detention Center on three charges of Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat after causing alarm at three local businesses.
According to official reports filed at the Mena Police Department, officers were dispatched to Mena’s Walmart Supercenter on Hwy. 71 North, to investigate a bomb threat. After speaking with store manager, Scott Brown, a thorough search was conducted by several officers with no explosives being found. Store employees reported that an unknown female had called the store and said, “There is a bomb in the store,” and immediately hung up.
While at Walmart, dispatch advised officers of a similar threat being called in to Healthy Connections, also on Hwy. 71 North in Mena. The threat was made to that location multiple times on Tuesday. Officers of the Mena Police Department, as well as the Polk County Sheriff’s Department, responded and conducted a safety sweep, and again, found no explosives.
At 12:10 p.m., officers were called the McDonald’s restaurant in Mena where another bomb threat had been made via a phone call. Employees there said the caller was a female with a “scruffy” voice. The caller allegedly said, “There is a bomb in your building [expletive],” and then hung up.
During the investigation of the three reports, officers attained the phone number and were able to track it to a residence in Mena. When officers arrived at the residence, Scarbrough denied making the threats at first, but later “admitted to making the threatening telephone calls,” according to the report.
When asked why she made the calls, Scarbrough told Investigator John Logan that she was “just messing around” and was “angry at the town of Mena.” In Scarbrough’s statement to police, she expressed being disgruntled over having been fired following an arrest for harassment against Healthy Connections. She then sought employment at both McDonald’s and Walmart and was not hired.
No one was injured in any of the incidents although at least one of the businesses conducted a full evacuation in the cold rain that fell on Valentine’s Day. Scarbrough also said she acted alone. Her three charges of Falsely Communicating a Terrorist Threat are Class B felonies could each carry sentences of 5 to 20 years in the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections and/or a $15,000 fine each. She remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.