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CLEVELAND -- A Mansfield man has been arrested in connection with a series of telephone bomb threats at courthouses in five states.
The FBI began investigating after courthouses in Nebraska, Washington, Oregon, Tennessee, and Mississippi received bomb threats in November and December 2012.
FBI agents determined threat calls made in Tennessee on November 27, 2012 were placed using prepaid phone cards that were purchased at a Walmart in Upper Sandusky. The Cleveland FBI continued the investigation and found that Lonny Lee Bristow of Mansfield had allegedly purchased a pre-paid calling card on November 27, 2012 at the Walmart in Upper Sandusky.
Through additional investigation, the FBI says it determined that Bristow had purchased several pre-paid calling cards and then linked those cards to the false bomb threats placed to various courthouses in five states.
Agents executed a search warrant at Bristow's home on March 19 and seized computers, documents, weapons, bank cards and other electronic equipment.
Bristow was taken into custody on March 20 in the Mansfield area. He's due to make an appearance in federal court this afternoon.