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Oxford teen indicted on federal bomb threat charges

Posted July 9, 2009

— A federal judge says a teen can be charged as an adult after authorities say he used the Internet to make fake bomb threats to schools nationwide, including Indiana.

A three-count indictment unsealed Wednesday alleges Ashton Lundeby, 16, of Oxford, and unnamed co-conspirators allowed Web gamers to pay fees to listen to and observe police responses to bomb threats at Purdue University and other schools, including the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Clemson University and Florida State University.

The indictment alleges that Lundeby, who went by the name Tyrone, and other conspirators would place calls to locations covered by webcams and then broadcast the video live to as many as 300 subscribers.

"This type of activity on the Internet will not be tolerated. No matter where you are located, conduct like this will be thoroughly investigated and, where appropriate, presented for indictment," David Capp, U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, said in a statement to WANE-TV in Fort Wayne, Ind.

FBI agents and local law enforcement arrested Lundeby at his home on March 5, and he has been detained in St. Joseph County's Juvenile Justice Center since then.

The case had been sealed, because Lundeby is a juvenile. He will be arraigned Friday.

His mother, Annette Lundeby, maintains that he was at church the night of Feb. 15 when several threats were called into Purdue University.

She has acknowledged that her son made prank phone calls on the Internet and charged a fee but that her son never did anything illegal, to her knowledge. She has said she believes he was framed after he refused to call in a bomb threat to a high school in Australia.

Annette Lundeby could not be reached for comment Thursday but told The Henderson Dispatch that she found out about the indictment from the news media and that "outraged is not the word" to describe her reaction.

"We're fighting it all the way to the Supreme Court," she told the paper. "It's going to be our time to swing."


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  • ambidextrous cat Jul 10, 2009

    I fail to see how the brat's hair is relevant. At least he's not a skin head! I feel like I've seen him before. He looks a bit like Rupert Grint!
    Why was he compelled to make so many bomb threats? Was he paid?

  • carolinarox Jul 9, 2009

    Okay Haggis, "whilst" shall stand since it is your native tongue. Now I want to call my umbrella a "bumbershoot" -- lol.

  • gpcherokee Jul 9, 2009

    When I was in school, a girl in the nursing program called a bomb threat in during exams, because she was failing. She was caught and got 10 years!

  • haggis basher Jul 9, 2009

    "Any simpleton knows that buildings ARE built to withstand "shock and buckling loads"
    No they are not. There is no "normal" circumstance under which a building is designed to have 8 stories dropped from a height of of a couple of stories onto it. Compound that with the forces being applied unequally (heavy damage one side little the other causes buckling which dramatically reduced the load a column can take. Once the upper floors started moving at any appreciable speed the would simply crush effortlessly the floors below. Which is exactly what you see in the news footage. Yes lots of strange things happened but we have never had a big building come down before after being hit by an airliner and burn for weeks afterwards.

  • Jul 9, 2009

    LOL, You just can't make this stuff up.

    "Amen - Backwards & K9Tucker...I conquer!"

  • haggis basher Jul 9, 2009

    "But, I have to take exception with "whilst", what in the world is wrong with "while"?"
    Nothing....its just not common English English....Whilst is still in common used in the former colonial power of which I am a citizen (and a victim of British Public School (ie Private) education.)

  • whatelseisnew Jul 9, 2009

    This kid is in it deep. I wonder what the potential sentencing is for this if he is convicted.

  • get over it people Jul 9, 2009

    Hmmm.....used the name Tyrone.

  • paulmichaelowens Jul 9, 2009

    "Haggis, I have to agree with your post re: WTC, the engineers at Popular Mechanics have debunked all of the WTC brought down by explosives conspiracy theories, NGO channel or the History channel (never remember which) airs it a few times a year. But, I have to take exception with "whilst", what in the world is wrong with "while"? Reminds me of the poster who constantly uses "methinks", well actually, I think the poster uses "me thinks" which is just wrong while "methinks" is archaic. This ain't Shakespeare, folks!

    Kattails, what is "prolly"? I've seen it before, is it a new word like "frenemy"?" - carolinarox

    "And, please stick to to the topic at hand." - carolinarox

    something about kettle and calling it black....

    I believe that Mr. Lundenby should stand trial.. maybe it'll happen next year? Or maybe the year after? The point is that the justice system should take heed of the 6th Amendment of the US Constitution.

  • sflirtingwith40 Jul 9, 2009

    Amen - Backwards & K9Tucker...I conquer!