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Resident of Danville, Virginia Charged in Terroristic Threats Case

July 7, 2022

The Coal Valley News, a news company located in West Virginia, recently published an article about a man who was arrested and charged in relation to a number of terroristic threats.

On June 25, 2022, the Summers County 911 center received an anonymous call from an unknown male. The man revealed that bombs were placed at the Greenbrier Resort in White Sulphur Springs and at the Edgewood Summit Retirement Home in Charleston.

The caller notified the police that all the bombs would detonate at the same time that day, at 4pm. The Kanawha County Sheriff’s Department, K9 units, West Virginia State Police, and members of the West Virginia State Police Explosive Ordnance Team all responded to the two locations to help evacuate civilians as well as search the premises for the explosives.

After the searches were completed, the police reported that no bombs were found.

The West Virginia State Police Digital Forensics Unit, along with troopers from Hinton, Madison, and Union developed information through a handful of search warrants and data tracing. This led them to identify the male caller, 62-year-old Joseph Toler, according to a criminal complaint.

A final search was executed in Danville, Virginia at Joseph Toler’s residence on June 29, 2022, where he was later arrested the next day.

Joseph Toler was arrested on warrants obtained in Monroe County for three counts of terroristic threats and three more counts of false reporting an emergency incident.

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