Arrests made in school threat

Published 10:23 am Thursday, April 2, 2015

PROCTORVILLE — Two Rome Township teens have been arrested following a report from the Fairland School District that allegedly alarming material had been posted through social media.

An initial report was filed as to the incident and forwarded for further investigation. The investigation led to two search warrants being obtained on Tuesday for two township residences.

On Wednesday at approximately 9:30 a.m. the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office, Lawrence Drug and Major Crimes Task Force, and members of the Lawrence County Prosecutor’s Office executed two search warrants at 179 Township Road 1233 (Orchard Drive) and 121 Township Road 1105 (Demaria Street).

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Through the search, storage and media devices, computers, cellular telephones, weapons, letters and notebooks, ammunition, marijuana and drug paraphernalia were collected as evidence.

As a result of the investigation the two were arrested and transported to the Lawrence County Jail. The investigation is ongoing and a number of items such as cellular telephones, computers, and storage devices will be taken to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Identification (BCI&I) for further processing.

John Pacinhik, 18, of 179 Township Road 1233, Proctorville, was arrested on charges of inducing panic, a felony of the second degree, and trafficking in drugs (marijuana), a felony of the fourth degree.

Samuel Patrick, 18, of 179 Township Road 1233, Proctorville, was also arrested on charges of inducing panic.

Both Pacinhik and Patrick will be arraigned in Lawrence County Municipal Court on Friday.