Release denied for Ark. man in bomb threat case

TEXARKANA, Ark. (AP) - A federal magistrate has denied pretrial release of a Magnolia man who's charged with making a bomb threat to a Tyson Foods plant where he worked in Nashville, Ark.

Twenty-nine-year-old Harvey Harper is accused of telephoning the threat to the plant on Jan. 17. He has pleaded not guilty.

The Texarkana Gazette reports that prosecutors say Harper confessed that he made the threat because he had met a woman and didn't want to go to work that day.

Defense attorneys said Harper has a large family that will assure his appearance in court. But U.S. Magistrate Barry Bryant agreed with prosecutors who said Harper has six previous felony convictions and is a threat to the community.

Harper will remain in federal custody until trial.

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