Update: School threat suspect pleads not guilty in court

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A man accused of plotting an attack against a Kentucky school district appeared in court Monday afternoon.

Investigators said Dylan Jarrell targeted schools in Anderson and Shelby Counties. They arrested him Thursday when state troopers found firearms, ammunition and a detailed plan of attack in his home.

A not guilty plea was entered for him and he was assigned a public defender. His bond is set at $50,000 cash.

A preliminary hearing is set for November 1st.

Updated Friday, 6:15 p.m.
Police have not released Dylan Jarrell's connection to the Shelby and Anderson County schools or his alleged motive for threatening them.

Our sister station WKYT reports 20-year-old Jarrell's house is behind the football field, in sight of one of the schools police said he planned on attacking.

"I can tell you that he was caught backing out of his driveway with the tools he needed to commit this heinous act," said Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders.

Jarrell refused to speak to reporters from jail. Further investigation uncovered some more details of his plans.

"A search warrant was obtained and executed on the suspect's home and electronic devices," said KSP Sgt. Josh Lawson. "An internet search history on how to conduct a school shooting were also discovered."

During a news conference Friday afternoon, Sanders praised KSP's efforts to stop Jarrell.

"There's no doubt in my mind that, as a result of this investigation, we saved lives," said Sanders. "He had the tools necessary, the intent necessary and the only thing that stoof between him and evil, between him and school, doing evil, is law enforcement."

Police do not think there is any more threat but are continuing to investigate.

Shelby County officials said Jarrell was enrolled there in the past, but he did not attend there recently.

Updated Friday, 11:45 a.m.
Kentucky State Police arrested a man accused of threatening schools in Shelby and Anderson counties.

Troopers investigated an Anderson County man who was reportedly threatening and harassing a woman in New Jersey. They learned Dylan Jarrell, 20, had been questioned by the FBI in May concerning social media threats to a Tennessee school.

During Thursday night's investigation, police found evidence of "a credible and imminent threat to Shelby and Anderson County schools."

Police then contacted school officials to set a plan of action.

Troopers say they found a gun, more than 200 rounds of ammunition, a Kevlar vest, a 100-round high-capacity magazine and a detailed plan of attack in Jarrell's possession.

Jarrell is currently in the Shelby County Detention Center facing charges of second-degree terroristic threatening and harassing communications.

Original Story
Authorities say an adult is in custody for allegedly making a threat that prompted a Kentucky school district to cancel classes.

Anderson County Public Schools said on its website that classes were canceled Friday at all schools due to the threat.

In neighboring Shelby County, the school system said it was suspending all activities Friday that were planned at Shelby County High School until further notice. The district is on fall break so regular classes aren't in session.

Kentucky State Police Sgt. Josh Lawson said Friday the suspect was taken into custody Thursday night. The suspect wasn't immediately identified.

Both school systems said district officials were contacted Thursday evening by police about a credible threat. They said they were waiting on more information from police before deciding whether to cancel extracurricular activities.

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