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SHARPSVILLE – A West Middlesex man was arrested Friday after allegedly threatening to shoot up Sharpsville Area High School, police said.

Ryan Thomas Linamen, 18, of West Middlesex, is facing charges of terroristic threats, causing a serious public inconvenience and disorderly conduct, police said. He was arraigned at 8 p.m. Friday before District Judge Mary Ann Odem, and released on $15,000 unsecured bond. 

A Sharpsville student confirmed to officers on Friday afternoon that Linamen made the alleged threat Thursday, and that led to Linaman’s arrest, Sharpsville police Chief Christopher Hosa said.

Linamen was arrested at a residence at 78 Mitchell Road, West Middlesex, where he was living with family members. Hosa said several firearms were confiscated from the residence.

Linamen was taken to lockup at the Farrell Police Department before his arraignment, Hosa said, adding that Linamen and the family are cooperating with police. 

The Thursday threats resulted in increased security measures at the Sharpsville Area School District Friday morning, including the presence of several Sharpsville police officers.

Entrances to the elementary, middle and high schools were reduced to one entrance per building for students and staff. Those entering the high and middle schools were also scanned with metal detectors and had their bags searched.

Hosa thanked the various agencies involved in the incident for ensuring there were no issues or injuries, from the cooperation between Sharpsville police and school officials to the Sharon Police Department which provided the metal detector wands, as well as Shenango Township police for assisting with the arrest. Hermitage police also offered support if any was needed, Hosa said.

Linamen has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Feb. 27.