RUSSELLVILLE — A Mississippi man accused of threatening to blow up Red Bay Hospital and threatening a police dispatcher is being held in the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail, authorities said.
Larry Dean Miller, 49, 7925 State Line Road, Golden, Miss., was indicted on two charges of making terrorists threats, courthouse officials said. The indictments were issued during the recently concluded September grand jury session.
Authorities said Miller is accused of threatening the Red Bay Hospital staff who asked him to leave after he became angry when couldn’t see his father, who was a patient. The incident was reported March 9. Reports indicate the hospital was placed on lockdown for safety precautions and police were notified.
Red Bay Police Chief Jana Jackson said the hospital was placed on lockdown as a matter of protocol in situations like that when threats are made.
“We have to take these threats seriously and make sure no one gets hurt,” Jackson said. She said Miller did not physically hurt anyone. Police arrived and asked Miller to leave. Jackson said Miller is accused of calling the Police Department later that day and threatening a dispatcher and her family.
Miller was taken into custody and charged.
Franklin County District Attorney Joey Rushing said Miller is scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment Friday and his case could be placed on the December circuit court docket.
Making a terrorist threat is a Class C felony, which is punishable by 1-10 years in prison, if convicted.
Tom Smith can be reached at 256-740-5757 or tom.smith@TimesDaily.com.