UPDATE: Ohio man arrested in connection to bomb threat in Lewisburg


UPDATE WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2020 @ 9:58 a.m.:

LEWISBURG, WV (WVNS)– An Ohio man is arrested after allegedly making a bomb threat at Lewisburg City Hall Tuesday, February 18, 2020.

The Lewisburg Police Department and Deputy Chief Vance lead the initial investigation along with the FBI, WV State Police, and Cleveland Ohio Police Department. After the investigation they arrested Michael Joseph Neely Jr. in Cleveland, Ohio.

Neely Jr. was charged in Greenbrier County Magistrate Court with Felony Threats of Terrorist Acts and False Reports Concerning Bombs or Other Explosive Devices. Neely Jr. was taken to a jail in Cleveland, Ohio. He will be extradited back to West Virginia.

Police are still investigating possible threats to other locations and state officials made by the same suspect.

The Lewisburg City Hall and Courthouse are reopened.


Lewisburg City Hall is currently closed as police investigate a suspicious phone call related to a potential threat.

Lewisburg Police Chief Chris Teubert told 59News they received a suspicious phone call on Tuesday, February 18, 2020. City Hall and businesses next to it were evacuated.

Police also said if you are in that area to keep an eye out for anything suspicious.

This is still an developing story, stick with 59News for the updates.

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