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RPD responds to cyber-bullying, suspicious activity

By Staff | May 2, 2014

On April 24, the Rugby Police Department investigated a complaint of the Rugby High School administration regarding several web pages and internet posts with non-specific threats and inappropriate defaming comments directed towards both students and school staff. The threats were made anonymously and determined to be without merit, according to a press release. Law enforcement was able to identify the student responsible for the web pages and posts.

Based on the investigation, the student was arrested and removed from the school that day. The student, who is under 18 years old, faces juvenile court charges. RPD will continue to investigate any threats and incidents of cyber-bullying involving students and school staff.

RPD Chief John Rose said the department investigated one similar incident a year ago and usually sees no more than two such incidents each year.

Rugby Public Schools Superintendent Mike McNeff declined to comment on the accused student’s standing at the school.

RPD responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle at 4:18 a.m. on April 24. A resident near North Envision observed a male subject checking an unattended parked vehicle. The resident yelled at the male subject, who took off running, according to a press release. This resident was able to get a description of the vehicle the subject ran to and gave that information to police. The Rugby officer on duty was able to locate a vehicle matching the description the witness gave.

The occupants of the vehicle were contacted. The female driver, AmyJo Bercier 18, of Belcourt, was arrested for possession of alcohol, as well as two traffic violations. A juvenile male passenger also faces juvenile court charges for a weapons violation. Additional charges are pending as the suspects allegedly removed the vehicle’s license plates in an attempt to avoid identification. Police also found tools used to forcibly enter vehicles near the passenger.

All residents of Rugby and surrounding Pierce County are encouraged to report all suspicions activities to the Rugby Police Department at 776-6112 or Pierce County Sheriff’s Department at 776-5245.

The Tribune does not typically print the name of juveniles accused of or convicted of criminal activity.

– Tribune Staff Report

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