General Crime

* Hercules Middle and High School has Bomb Scare and Students Evacuated

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Police evacuated students at Hercules Middle and High School this afternoon after the school received an anonymous bomb threat, a spokeswoman said. Four bomb sniffing dog teams and the Walnut Creek bomb squad are on site and preparing to do a full search of the campus, according to Hercules spokeswoman Michelle Harrington. The school received the anonymous call at about 1 p.m. and notified police immediately, she said. Officers were already on campus when the call came in, investigating reports of a suspicious odor that Harrington said proved unfounded. The two incidents were not related, she said.  Students were evacuated at about 1:45 p.m. and held in athletic fields until police released them at 2:30 p.m., according to Harrington. Now all but a handful of students have gone home, she said.  “Nothing’s been seen that was suspicious,” she said of the day’s events. “All the students were safe.”  Refugio Valley Road remains closed in front of the school while police conduct a full-scale search of the campus. Please call the Fugitive Watch hot line at 1-800-9-CAUGHT (1-800-922-8448) or text at 408-355-0999 if you know the name of this man or have any information that can help solve this crime.

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