Man leaves car at pump and walks away after making threat
A Jonesville man was arrested in connection with a bomb threat made Saturday morning at an area gas station. According to Captain Scott Coffer with the Union County Sheriff’s Office, deputies responded at around 8:32 a.m. Saturday to the Kangaroo store at 400 South Main Street in Jonesville. Deputies were told that a white male came into the store, stated a bomb was in his car, and left walking up Main Street.
Deputies found the man’s car at the gas pumps with the door open and keys inside. Shortly afterward, they found the man, identified as 44-year-old Michael Chad Maness, of Youngblood Street in Jonesville, and detained him. Investigators arrived and began to process the scene and speak with witnesses. A SLED bomb agent arrived and assisted the sheriff’s office in rendering the vehicle safe. Coffer said there was no device in the car.
Maness was arrested without incident on North Main Street in Jonesville. He is charged with making a false bomb threat and possession of a Schedule III narcotic, as a pill for which he did not have a prescription was found while he was being searched at the Union County Jail.
Coffer issued a statement saying, “Sheriff Bailey and the Union County Sheriff’s Office takes these matters seriously. The safety and welfare of the citizens of Union County are priority number one. These types of false statements will not be tolerated, and persons will be held accountable.”