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Bomb threat trial delayed

Friday, July 14, 2006

The trial for a local student charged with making a bomb threat at Le Mars Community Schools has been delayed until October.

Previously slated for September, the trial of Zachary John Ruhland, 18, of rural Hinton is now set for Oct. 3 at 9 a.m. Ruhland faces charges of making a false report of an explosive on May 5.

Ruhland and Maria Weiland, 17, of Le Mars, were arrested May 9 after police investigation pointed to them as suspects in the bomb threat case. No trace of a bomb was found.

Weiland, charged in juvenile court with the same class D felony, signed an agreement to pay $2,149.37 in restitution and complete 80 hours of community service.

If Ruhland is convicted of the class D felony, he can face up to five years in prison -- which can be deferred or suspended -- and a fine ranging from $750 to $7,500. He is currently out on bond.

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