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May 10, 2009


News Observer, NC - A 16-year-old from Oxford is being held in a juvenile detention facility in South Bend, Ind., accused of making bomb threats that led officials to clear a mechanical engineering building at Purdue University.

Since the arrest March 5 of Ashton Lundeby, his mother, Annette, has said repeatedly that he is being held as a domestic terrorist under the Patriot Act. . .

David Capp, the U.S. attorney for the Northern District of Indiana, issued a statement that elaborated on the charge filed against the juvenile in the bomb-threat case. (Ashton's name was not mentioned because in federal court, anyone younger than 18 is considered a juvenile and the case is sealed.)

Capp said the teen was accused of making a bomb threat and has made three court appearances since the arrest, with a lawyer there each time. "The charge is unrelated to the Patriot Act," Capp's statement said.

Lundeby acknowledged that the Patriot Act connection was her interpretation.


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