Cygnet man sentenced for threatening NB Schools


A letter writer who called himself “The Olde Bastard” threatened in September to blow up North Baltimore Schools. He mailed a similar note to village police a few days later.
That second letter carried the trace imprint of his signature: Dwight W. Bower.
Bower, 58, of Cygnet, was sentenced Tuesday in Wood County Common Pleas Court to two years in prison for his handwritten, threatening messages.
The letters said Bower “can’t wait to blow up your (expletive) schools” and promised he would “burn, mutilate & destroy anything anyone has.”
On Tuesday, Bower stood calmly in court. He required headphones to hear the proceedings.
Judge Robert Pollex referred to Bower’s mental illness while sentencing him on the second-degree felony charge of inducing panic. He credited Bower with 260 days served in jail. Bower had pleaded guilty to the charge in April.

Courier reporter Ryan Dunn will have more on Wednesday.