Zachary James Herald, 19, of Howard City, charged in online threat against Baldwin Community Schools

ByLavinia E. Smith

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BALDWIN — A 19-yr-aged man has been charged for allegedly threatening a Lake County university on social media.

Zachary James Herald, 19, of Howard Town, was arraigned in the Lake County Demo Courtroom on several misdemeanor and felony counts for an incident that happened Friday, June 3. In accordance to a news launch from the Lake County Sheriff’s Business, about 7 p.m. Friday, Baldwin Neighborhood Colleges documented a risk created versus the faculty through social media.

Immediately after discussion with faculty administration, the school’s exterior was locked and regulation enforcement supplied more security, when the night’s activity — a junior significant school dance — continued as typical, the release states. Guardian choose-up was minimal to a person at a time with legislation enforcement existing, and the dance concluded with no incident.

By an investigation, law enforcement identified Herald as a suspect and took him into custody. According to Det. Lt. Brad Nixon, the suspect’s phone has been sent to the Michigan Point out Police Forensic Lab in Traverse Metropolis for analysis. He was arraigned on the adhering to authorized rates:


  • Depend 1: Stalking
  • Rely 2: Telecommunications Companies-Malicious Use
  • Count 3: Malicious Destruction of Individual Property-Fewer than $200.00


  • Depend 1: Untrue Report or Menace of Terrorism
  • Rely 2: Faculties-Intentional Threat To Commit Act of Violence versus faculty, university staff members or university student with unique intent to have out or overt act toward
  • Depend 3: Schools-Intentional Threat To Commit Act of violence versus school, faculty workforce or pupils
  • Rely 4: Stalking
  • Rely 5: Telecommunications Expert services-Malicious Use

Bond was set at $15,000 for the first three counts and $75,000 for the other 5 counts.

“My business office is presently examining other incidences that Zachary is included in here in Lake County,” Nixon informed the Pioneer. “There may be further charges immediately after the electronic evidence is reviewed and our investigation is entire.”

Herald is scheduled to be in court docket June 14 for a pretrial listening to for the 1st 3 counts and a probable result in conference for the other five.