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Paducah man accused of terroristic threatening

Harry Thurby, Jr. (Source: McCracken County Regional Jail) Harry Thurby, Jr. (Source: McCracken County Regional Jail)

A Paducah, Kentucky man is accused of threatening to blow up a college on Tuesday morning, July 28.

Harry D. Thurby, Jr., 57, was charged with first degree terroristic threatening.

According to Paducah police, they were called at 9:41 a.m. after multiple witnesses reported hearing Thurby threaten to blow up the West Kentucky Community and Technical College.

Officers found Thurby in Room 227 of the Anderson Technical Building. They say he was in an adult education workshop at the school and was dressed in black, military-style fatigues with a pair of gloves sticking out of his pocket.

Police say they ordered him to keep his hands in view, but said Thurby ignored them and reached into his pockets and began throwing bandanas at them.

Thurby was arrested and the Anderson Technical Building was evacuated by school security. The building has classrooms and student services offices for the college.

The police department's bomb squad checked several items belonging to Thurby. They say there was a container in the bed of his truck, but determined it was safe and did not find any explosives.

Thurby was booked into the McCracken County Regional Jail. Authorities served a search warrant at his home.

According to police, Thurby was not enrolled at WKCTC and school officials have permanently banned him from all of the college's properties.

The Paducah Police Department was assisted at the scene by WKCTC security, the McCracken County Sheriff's Department and Kentucky State Police.

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