Suspect in Ward County Courthouse bomb threat may have admitted to crime

MINOT, N.D. – Ward County investigators say a man accused of calling in a bomb threat to the county courthouse in May admitted to the crime during a phone call from the county jail.

Prosecutors say that 28-year-old Jacob Hill called in the threat from a phone in the Trinity Hospital Intensive Care Unit’s waiting area around 10 a.m. on May 25.

The threat prompted the evacuation of the courthouse and administration building and forced investigators to search the courthouse with a bomb-sniffing K-9 officer.

At Hill’s preliminary hearing Thursday, an investigator testified that Hill had said he’s guilty of the crime in the midst of a phone call while in custody.

Hill pleaded not guilty to the charge of terrorizing, as well as to a charge of theft of property, on accusations he stole a video game system from the hospital’s waiting room.

In a separate preliminary hearing, Hill pleaded not guilty to a charge of child abuse, stemming from accusations he shot his stepdaughter in the leg with a bb gun as a disciplinary measure. He also pleaded not guilty to drug charges after a probation officer testified to finding drugs and drug paraphernalia during a check of Hill’s residence.