UPDATE: Kearney Middle School bomb threat search warrant nets arrests

UPDATE: Kearney Middle School bomb threat search warrant nets arrests

KEARNEY, Neb. (KGFW) – A search warrant obtained after a concerning message was found at Horizon Middle School has resulted in the arrest of a 36-year-old Kearney woman and a 13-year-old juvenile.

Heather Love, 36, was arrested during the execution of a search warrant in connection with the investigation of a reported bomb threat at Horizon Middle School in Kearney.

The following is a press release from the city of Kearney:

On January 10, 2019, Kearney Police Department officers served a search warrant at 606 W. 9th Street in Kearney, Ne. The search warrant was in response to a bomb threat at Horizon Middle School.

The investigation of the bomb threat led Kearney Police Department officers to a student locker where a notebook was located. The notebook contained what appeared to be threatening information. Information from the scene at the school was processed and Officers wrote an affidavit for a search warrant at 606 W. 9th Street in Kearney.

The warrant was signed by a judge and executed at 12:03 p.m. Four people were located in the residence including one adult and three juveniles. Officers located drugs and a handgun in the residence.

Heather Love, DOB 7/10/1982 was the adult occupant in the residence. Love was arrested and charged with 4 counts of child abuse, Possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, Possession of marijuana concentrate, and possession of a handgun by a prohibited person.

A 13 year old male resident was taken into custody and charged with terroristic threats regarding the threat at Horizon Middle School. He was placed in the custody of Health and Human Services.

Two other juveniles that were located in the residence face no charges. The 4 counts of child abuse against Heather Love stem from the fact that she has 4 children who live in the residence who were exposed to the drug abuse in the home.


1:14 p.m. Thursday:

A concerning message found on a Kearney student’s desk about a bomb has been determined not-credible, according to a press release from Kearney Public Schools.

Staff at Horizon Middle School found the message Thursday morning and immediately notified Police about 8:00 a.m.. A full sweep of the school building and grounds turned up nothing suspicious,  according to a Kearney Police Department press release.

“Kearney Public Schools, in cooperation with Kearney law enforcement, has very specific procedures in place for these circumstances,” states Dr. Kent Edwards, Superintendent of Schools. “The Horizon principals should be commended for their quick response.”

KPD Officers interviewed witnesses and potential suspects. The investigation is ongoing and includes a search warrant for the residence of a juvenile suspect.