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Miner allegedly phoned in bomb threat due to lack of baby sitter

A West Virginia man has been jailed on charges he phoned in a bomb threat to the southwestern Pennsylvania mine where he worked because he couldn't find a baby sitter to watch his 8-year-old daughter during his shift last week.

Online court records don't list an attorney for 42-year-old John Paul Perkins, of Fairmont, W.Va. He's charged with using a convenience store pay phone to call in the threat against the Emerald Mine in Greene County last Friday.

The (Washington) Observer-Reporter says the mine was shut down for a time due to the threat, which cost the company more than $96,000.

Police say they traced the call to a pay phone in Fairmont, and questioned Perkins after he was seen on surveillance video near the phone.

Perkins faces a preliminary hearing April 24.

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