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Man arrested after "school shooter" signs found in 3 NH communities

BARNSTEAD, N.H. -- A man was arrested Friday after multiple signs saying "school shooter" were found in Barnstead, Epsom, and Pittsfield, New Hampshire, the state's Department of Safety announced. Guy Hanson, 61, of Pittsfield, faces multiple charges. An increased amount of police officers were placed at schools in the communities as a result of the signs. Multiple schools initiated lockdowns as a precaution shortly after.Hanson allegedly placed the signs around the communities, the Department of Safety said, but they determined there is no credible threat at this time.One such sign was written on a paper plate. The safety department released a photo of the plate but blurred part of it "to protect the integrity of the investigation." Hanson was arrested on a felony charge of falsifying physical evidence and three misdemeanors, including false report to law enforcement, false public alarm, and criminal threatening.  No other suspects have been charged at this time. 
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Man Accused of Placing ‘School Shooter' Signs Found in 3 NH Towns

Police in New Hampshire have arrested a man accused of placing potentially threatening signs referencing a "school shooter" that were found in three towns, setting off lockdowns at multiple schools Friday. Earlier in the day New Hampshire Department of Safety said it was working with local law enforcement to investigate...

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UPDATE: Arrest Made in Handwritten Threatening Signs

Schools in Barnstead, Epsom and Pittsfield had a higher police presence Friday after the discovery of signs that read "school shooter." The words "school shooter" were handwritten in black marker on "multiple" paper plates found in the three neighboring towns along Route 28, according to the state Department of Safety. Although there was no other information regarding an imminent threat state and local law enforcement increased their presence in schools.

Children's kitchen set at South Berwick park destroyed by vandal

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61-year-old man accused of planting 'school shooter' signs in New Hampshire communities

WARNER, N.H. — A 61-year-old Pittsfield man has been arrested and accused of placing "school shooter" messages scrawled on paper plates in three communities. New Hampshire State Police said Guy Hanson was charged with a felony count of falsifying physical evidence and three misdemeanors, including false report to law enforcement, false public alarm and criminal threatening.

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