UPDATE: Ronald Township woman arraigned in Palo bomb threat case


By Daily News • Last Updated 10:11 am on Thursday, December 13, 2012

Veronica Haring

PALO — A 38-year-old Ronald Township woman surrendered herself to police today, involving the bomb threat to Palo Elementary Schools on Nov. 28.

Veronica Lynn Haring turned herself in to the Ionia County Sheriff’s Office and was arraigned today on one count of a false report or threat of a bomb/harmful device and one count of probation violation.

The bomb threat was received by the school librarian Bonnie Staffen, who was covering for the school secretary. The caller had a young, female voice.

“I answered the phone and she said ‘Bomb! There is a bomb in the school!’ Then she hung up,” Staffen said.

She said at first she was shocked and tried to see if the female was still there by asking “What? Hello?” but the person had hung up.

Staffen said she contacted a teacher and told her what had happened. They agreed the teacher would gather everyone and get them outside while Staffen called the police.

All 75 students and faculty made it out safely.

A bomb was not found after police and K-9 units searched the premisses.

Haring is currently lodged at the Ionia County Jail on a $15,000 bond.

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