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Fulton man accused of threatening students facing two felonies

Blake Dornbush, shown here in a Facebook photo
Blake Dornbush, shown here in a Facebook photo

FULTON – A former Fulton High School student was charged Wednesday with two counts of felony disorderly conduct in connection with texted threats investigators say were made to a 16-year-old student at the school.

Blake A. Dornbush, 18, of Fulton, is charged with threatening harm to a person at a school, and harassment through electronic communication, both elements under the disorderly conduct statute and each punishable by 1 to 3 years in prison.

He was released from Whiteside County Jail on Wednesday after posting $2,500 of his $25,000 bond.

According to court records, Dornbush “knowingly transmitted or caused to be transmitted a direct threat of violence, death or bodily harm” to a 16-year-old while the teen was at school and school was in session, using “electronic communication.”

His preliminary hearing is March 12.

Dornbush was arrested around 1:45 p.m. Tuesday at the Fulton Police Department, where he was being interviewed, Lt. Donnie Pridemore said Wednesday.

His texted threats to the student prompted officials to institute a “soft lockdown” at Fulton High, River Bend Middle and Fulton Elementary schools as a precautionary measure.

The lockdown, in which students remained on campus and classes proceeded with an increased police presence, started around 11 a.m. and ended with Dornbush’s arrest.

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