DES MOINES, Iowa – An Ohio man has been charged with threatening terrorism by leaving an expletive-laden message on an Iowa high school's answering machine.
The message forced the cancellation of an emergency training drill that had been the subject of criticism from groups opposed to illegal immigration. Critics said the fictitious emergency scenario had a political agenda because it featured a teenage white supremacist gunman.
Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker said Friday that 47-year-old Robin Elston of Columbus, Ohio, is charged with one count of threatening terrorism and one of making threats.
Authorities say Elston is behind the March 25 phone message that threatened to turn the training scenario "into reality."
Officials traced the call to Elston's cell phone.
Danker says he doesn't know why Elston might have made the call.