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2 months ago

UL says their text alerts worked as planned

UL says their text message alerts worked as they were supposed to following last week's bomb threat on the campus.

Immediately after the evacuation, there were reports from students that they didn't receive the alert. UL officials now say those who didn't get the alerts weren't registered for summer classes.

The University's emergency notification system sent text alerts to all registered faculty and staff members' cell phones and to students enrolled in summer school.

Joey Pons, associate director of public safety, said, "by late Friday, we had received 15 notifications from students via email or Facebook that they did not receive the text alert. Upon examining their status, we found that none are enrolled in summer classes at the University."

Pons added that besides the text alert, non-enrolled students were at no more risk because officials also evacuated students in residence halls by going door-to-door, provided safe shelters in place, closed streets to access the campus, and communicated through the University's website and social media.

"In this case, we recognize we have some students who live or work on campus even though they are sitting out for a semester, especially during the summer."

Pons said the University is examining ways to broaden the ENS contact list to possibly include students who do not meet the current ENS enrollment criteria, but may have a need to know about a campus emergency that is occurring.

The campus was evacuated once the hoax device was found. Officials say they practiced for a similar scenario last summer which they say helped them respond more effectively last week. There were already maps and plans for the street closures and transportation procedures were in place to evacuate residents. They also communicated via an emergency website: universityupdates.com.

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2 months ago

NEW INFORMATION: UL Bomb threat suspect in jail in St. Martin Parish

Police in Lafayette say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16th bomb threat that closed UL.

At a news conference Tuesday, Lafayette police and FBI agents identified the suspect as 30-year-old Devin Haywood of Lafayette. Police say he was arrested at a Lafayette parish home last night; he is originally from New Orleans.
Investigators say Haywood called KATC early Tuesday morning, saying a bomb was in a trash can at a park next to the university. The package found in the trashcan turned out to be a fake bomb. The call was made to KATC at 5:30 a.m.

Lafayette Police say Haywood also was booked with trying to rob the MidSouth Bank on Moss Street in Lafayette before it opened the same day as the bomb threat. Police say the morning of the bomb threat, around 7:30 a.m., employees who were in a vehicle on bank property noticed someone hiding near the building. They drove off, and in the video, you see a suspect running after them pointing a gun. (See the video here)

The university canceled classes for about 5,500 students while more than 200 law enforcement officers and investigators from several agencies searched the park and campus. UL officials say Haywood is not a past or current student at UL and has no connection with the university.

According the FBI, Haywood was been charged with one count of placement of a hoax device and one count of attempted robbery.

Haywood is currently being held at the St. Martin Parish jail since he is a federal inmate.

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Suspect arrested in bomb scare that closed campus

Police in Lafayette say a 30-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a July 16 bomb threat that closed the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.

At a news conference Tuesday, Lafayette police and FBI agents identified the suspect as Devin Haywood of Lafayette.

Police Sgt. Randal Leger says Haywood also was booked with trying to rob a bank before it opened the day of the bomb threat. Authorities say more arrests are possible.

Investigators say a man had called KATC-TV and police, saying a bomb was in a trash can at a park next to the university.

Police say a package found in the can turned out to be a fake bomb.

The university canceled classes for about 5,500 students while investigators from several agencies searched the park and campus.

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2 months ago

UPDATE: Devin Haywood arrested for UL bomb threat, attempted bank robbery

One person is in custody in connection with last week's bomb threat at UL.

Devin Haywood, 30, is accused of both the bomb threat and an attempted armed robbery of a Moss Street bank.

Officials announced the arrest at a press conference held at 9:30 a.m. at the Lafayette Police Department.

The threat was called into the KATC newsroom at approximately 5:30 a.m. last Wednesday. Police evacuated Girard Park and the UL campus. Roads around campus were also closed, causing a virtual shutdown of all activity in the area. Officials found a suspicious device in a trash can at Girard Park, but that device turned out to be non-explosive.

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2 months ago

CAUGHT ON TAPE: Police Investigate Attempted Armed Robbery

Police asking for help from the public in solving an attempted robbery.

According to police, this morning at 7:30 a.m., Lafayette Police responded to an attempted armed robbery at a bank in the 2800 Block of Moss Street. The victims arrived at the business in a vehicle and parked on the parking lot. The victims then noticed the suspect hiding near the building and immediately drove-off, according to Sgt. Kyle Soirez. The suspect chased the vehicle on foot while brandishing a firearm.

The suspect is described as a black male, wearing a grey hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.

Lafayette Police are asking anyone with information about the incident to contact Lafayette Police or Crime Stoppers at 232-TIPS.

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2 months ago

Some roads have reopened in Lafayette; UL will fully open tomorrow

All lanes are open US-167 (Johnston Street) in Lafayette near the University of Lafayette Campus (UL) after being shut down due to a bomb threat. Lafayette Police Department has advised that traffic may pass through but side streets may remain blocked off.

The University has also opened on-campus residences. Classes remain canceled for tonight, July 16. The University is fully open Thursday. Other services open tonight on UL: Guillory Dining Hall 5:30-7:30 p.m., Dupre Library 5-8 p.m., and Bourgeois Hall 4 -8 p.m., with a night shuttle running to and from main campus.

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2 months ago

UL Update: No explosive devices found

According to troopers, the first package State Police found was not an explosive device, but it was made to look like one. They have not found a second package, and they do not believe there is one. UL will remain closed for the rest of the day. No suspects have been taken into custody.

State Police estimate they are 50% through the investigation, and some roads will remain closed.

Anyone with information should call 1-800- CALL- FBI or Crimestoppers at 232-TIPS.

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2 months ago

12:00 pm update from UL following bomb threat

State Police just finished a meeting with several other agencies including the FBI and ATF. Troopers are continuing their search of the campus and surrounding areas and say they'll be there a while. According to UL, 9 teams are sweeping the campus. So far, 20 buildings have been swept. 5,500 students are enrolled in summer school, and all have been accounted for. Another 100 students are at City Hall watching movies while waiting for the all-clear to return to campus.

UL classes have officially been canceled for the rest of today and this evening. Classes are set to resume tomorrow. Students who live in on-campus housing will be notified when they are allowed to return. Essential employees, including those who support students in residence halls, will need to stay in touch with their supervisors for instructions. University classes and operations are expected to resume tomorrow, July 17.

UL officials evacuated students after a bomb threat was called into KATC just after 5:30 this morning.
Our morning show producer said the unidentified male called into the newsroom, using expletives to relay the message about two devices on UL's campus. He said one device was at Girard Park in a white trash can; the other device "would have to be found". Police were immediately contacted, and the phone records are being reviewed.

Police found a suspicious device in Girard Park and were checking on another item found near a campus parking garage.

State Trooper Brooks David says the bomb squad was neutralizing the first device, which was found in a trash can. He didn't have a description of it. He called the item near the parking garage "a possible second device."

University of Louisiana at Lafayette spokeswoman Kathleen Thames says morning summer school and freshman orientation sessions were canceled. About 5,500 are enrolled in summer school and 400 incoming freshmen were scheduled to start orientation Wednesday, said university spokeswoman Kathleen Thames. She said about 500 of the summer school students and 150 freshmen were staying on campus.

Lafayette Police are asking motorists to avoid the area around the UL campus and related locations. This area includes major roadways such as Johnston Street, St. Mary Boulevard, South College Road, West Pinhook Road, University Avenue, as well as roadways associated with the Oil Center.

Students attending Orientation have been moved to off-site banquet hall and are being fed on site.

Watch VIDEO from the scene

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Some UL students said the emergency alert never came through

University officials are investigating why some students/faculty did not get the emergency alert this morning sent out just after 7:00 this morning. Those who are enrolled in the university should go check their settings to make sure they are signed up for alerts at ens.louisiana.edu .

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2 months ago

Update: All UL classes cancelled for today

UL classes have officially been canceled for the rest of today and this evening. Classes are set to resume tomorrow.UL officials evacuated students after a bomb threat was called into KATC just after 5:30 this morning.

Our morning show producer said the unidentified male called into the newsroom, using expletives to relay the message about two devices on UL's campus. He said one device was at Girard Park in a white trash can; the other device "would have to be found". Police were immediately contacted, and the phone records are being reviewed.

Police found a suspicious device in Girard Park and were checking on another item found in a campus parking garage.

State Trooper Brooks David says the bomb squad was neutralizing the first device, which was found in a trash can. He didn't have a description of it. He called the item in the parking garage "a possible second device."

University of Louisiana at Lafayette spokeswoman Kathleen Thames says morning summer school and freshman orientation sessions were canceled. About 5,500 students are enrolled in summer school and 400 freshmen were coming for orientation.

Lafayette Police are asking motorists to avoid the area around the UL campus and related locations. This area includes major roadways such as Johnston Street, St. Mary Boulevard, South College Road, West Pinhook Road, University Avenue, as well as roadways associated with the Oil Center.

Students attending Orientation have been moved to off-site banquet hall and are being fed on site.

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2 months ago

UPDATE: New road closures announced after bomb threat is called into UL

State Police are investigating a possible second suspicious device near UL in the area of Taft and St. Mary. The first suspicious device was found in a trash can at Girard Park.

KATC received a call about a bomb threat at approximately 5:30 a.m. Shortly after police ordered dorm residents to stay in their dorms and everyone else on campus to evacuate.

The evacuation area has since expanded to include the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce on St. Mary Boulevard.

Investigators say they are planning to render the first suspicious device safe sometime this morning. People in the Girard Park area may hear an explosion.

Lafayette Police are asking motorists to avoid the area around the UL campus and related locations. This area includes major roadways such as Johnston Street, St. Mary Boulevard, South College Road, West Pinhook Road, University Avenue, as well as roadways associated with the Oil Center.

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2 months ago

Update: Possible second device near UL campus

State Police have told us they are investigating a possible second device in the area of Taft and St. Mary. Investigators ARE planning to render the first suspicious device in Girard Park safe in the next hour or so. You may hear an explosion if you are in the Girard Park area. State Police have also just evacuated the Lafayette Chamber of Commerce.

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2 months ago

Bomb Threat On UL Campus

UL is being evacuated following a bomb threat made on Girard Park and the campus. The call came in at around 5:30 this morning. Students and faculty have been notified.

Students staying in dorms are advised to stay there. Anyone else on campus is asked to leave and commuters headed toward the university are asked to return home.

Students who are on campus for orientation and other activities are being evacuated on buses. All roads leading into campus are closed.

The area around Girard Park is closed at this time as police are investigating a suspicious device. We are aware of several road closures around campus and the park.

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