By Jonathan Castro Monroy
Marion County deputies arrested Danielle Sylvia, 27, on March 7 for initiating two threatening calls that closed buildings at Chemeketa.
Detectives said they interviewed Sylvia, a Chemeketa nursing student, on the day that she was arrested.
Police reports indicated that she used her cell phone and her landlord’s cell phone to make the calls. Deputies said she told detectives that she had a test on both days, which prompted her to make the threats.
Although deputies said that Sylvia took responsibility for both the Feb. 13 and Feb. 27 threats, they do not believe that she was responsible for the March 1.
Sheriff’s spokesman Don Thomson said that an investigation was still ongoing for the third threat, which resulted in the closure of Chemeketa’s Salem, McMinville, Yamhill, and Woodburn campuses.
Executive dean Andrew Bone, who handled two of the recent threats while Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts was out of town, said, “The arrest not only brings some closure on the recent threats and allows students and employees to feel safer, but it also let’s anyone who is thinking about making them, know that there are consequences.”
Greg Harris, the college’s dean of marketing and public information, said a day after the arrest, “We’re really grateful for Marion County’s efforts.”
Sylvia faces charges of disorderly conduct and menacing, which are misdemeanor crimes. They are punishable by sentences of up to one year in jail, according to reports from the Associated Press.
After learning that the threats were a hoax and that one of the callers was arrested, Chemeketa students indicated that they felt safer about the campus but still resented the incidents.
Juan Carlos Navarro, a first-year student, said, “I feel more secure now that the student is caught and that school is safe once again.”
Shaileen Perez, another first-year student, said, “It was annoying that we were missing school for something that could have been so serious but ended up being a joke and now having to cram everything in to the end of the term.”
Sarah Hamer, a second-year Chemeketa student, said, ” It’s really disappointing that someone would sign up for the classes knowing that responsibility is part of college and then being so irresponsible that they waste everyone else’s time and money, twice.”
Perez also said that the police handled the threats well and that the college did a great job on informing the students.
Chemeketa offered a Q&A session on March 6, with Thompson, from the Sheriffís Department; and college representatives Cheryl Roberts, Greg Harris, Bill Kohlmeyer, and student representative Matt Rauch answering questions for more than an hour.
A number of students, staff and faculty members, law enforcement representatives, area media, and interested citizens attended the event.
By Jonathan Castro Monroy