Woman arrested in bomb scare has long
November 9, 2012
In an odd coincidence, while local officials
were responding to a bomb scare at the Bonners
Ferry Middle School Monday, officers in
Sandpoint were responding to one there at the
federal building, and the person taking credit,
now sitting in the Bonner County Jail on $50,000
bond, is from Bonners Ferry.
And Robin Ann Eby, 45, is no stranger to brushes
with the law. According to the
Bonner County Daily Bee, she might
be better served to pursue a different calling
... if she still has that chance.
According to the Bee, Eby was scheduled to be
sentenced on a March 8 Bonner County charge of
felony possession of a controlled substance.
Instead, she called in a fake bomb threat, and
she even goofed that up.
Sandpoint Police told Bee news editor Keith
Kinnaird that she'd confessed, and she admitted
that she'd been trying to call the Daily Bee at
about 1 p.m. to make the threat, but mis-dialed
and called an assisted living facility by
mistake. Undaunted, she blurted out that there
was a bomb in the federal building and hung up.
That threat was relayed to police, who evacuated
the building well before her sentencing time of
2 p.m. What she hadn't counted on was the police
back tracing her number; it wasn't too much
later that she was in custody and admitted that
she'd done it, telling police, according to the
Bee but all too obvious, that "she was having a
Instead of being charged under Idaho Code
18-331, false reports of explosives in a public
or private place, which could have carried a
five-year prison term, she was charged with the
much more serious IC 183322, use of weapons of
mass destruction, which includes the threat of
using them, and could put her in prison for
It's not her first brush with the law, nor was
the charge she was to have appeared on.
In addition to a string of infractions, she
spent 10 days in the Bonner County jail on
March, 2011, charge of willful concealment; 10
more in September, 2010 for petit theft. She was
sentenced to four months in the Boundary County
jail on a March, 2011, charge of operating a
vehicle without the owner's consent, to 10 days
in September, 2011, on a charge of petit theft, to 90 days
on a November, 2009, charge of petit theft, to
another 90 in September, 2009, for driving
She was sentenced to 60 days for an October,
2007, charge of possession of paraphernalia, and
to 18 to 48 years in prison on a charge of felony
possession of a controlled substance in August,
Her preliminary court hearing on her latest charge was
today. By all accounts, this one went off
without a threat.
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