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Former Prophetstown, Fulton students get probation for making threats

Nathan S. Noble & Blake A. Dornbush
Nathan S. Noble & Blake A. Dornbush

MORRISON – Two men in their late teens charged in cases involving threats made at or to a school have pleaded guilty to misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

Then-senior Nathan S. Noble, 18, of Tampico, who was arrested around 11:30 a.m. March 15 at Prophetstown High School, was sentenced to 30 days in jail.

His charges were amended April 25 to felony disorderly conduct involving threats made to school buildings, or people at school, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct, which is what he pleaded to that same day.

Per his plea agreement, the felony charge was dismissed.

According to court documents, Noble, who “was leaving a classroom for disciplinary reasons, stated he would be the next school shooter.”

Former Fulton High School student Blake A. Dornbush, 18, of Fulton, was similarly adjudicated, also on the same day.

Dornbush is serving 2 years’ probation after pleading guilty for making cellphone threats to students that prompted a “soft lockdown” Feb. 27 at all three River Bend School District buildings.

The 18-year-old, who graduated last year, was charged the next day with harassment with an electronic device and disorderly conduct involving threats made to school buildings or people at school, both felonies that carry 1 to 4 years in prison.

His charges also were amended April 25 to add a misdemeanor disorderly conduct, to which he pleaded. Per his plea agreement, the other charges were dropped.

Dornbush used his cellphone to threaten unnamed Fulton High students with unspecified bodily harm.

A student tipped off Fulton High School Principal Christopher Tennyson, who contacted police around 11 a.m., and “a soft lockdown” was initiated at Fulton High, River Bend Middle and Fulton Elementary schools as a precautionary measure, Superintendent Darryl Hogue said at the time.

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