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Aiken Teen Threatens to Blow Up WJBF-TV During Live Broadcast


An Aiken teen has been charged with threatening to blow up the WJBF news station in Augusta, a threat she made during the middle of the live news feed last Saturday night.

Kalana Hammonds, 18, of Colleton Avenue, was immediately connected to the threat and arrested at home, a sheriff’s report says. She was jailed in Aiken early Sunday and extradited to Richmond County on Tuesday to face a charge of terroristic threats & acts.

Weekend Meteorologist Micah Rumsey told authorities that the TV station was in the middle of a live news feed in the 11 p.m. broadcast when the station received a message from the suspect saying “she was going to blow the station up with a bomb.” The sheriff’s office had K-9s brought in to clear the building of any potential threat.

At 2 a.m., the suspect was arrested in Aiken.

“When the deputies arrived at her residence, she still had the messages in her phone,” a report says.

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Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh
Greg Rickabaugh is an award-winning crime reporter in the Augusta-Aiken area with experience writing for The Augusta Chronicle, The Augusta Press and serving as publisher of The Jail Report. Rickabaugh is a 1994 graduate of the University of South Carolina and has appeared on several crime documentaries on the Investigation Discovery channel.
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