Man to stand trial for Potter-Dix threatening message

The man charged with leaving a threatening message on the answering machine at Potter-Dix High School earlier this month has been bound over for trial in Cheyenne County District Court.

36-year old Charles "Dusty" Smith of Dix will be arraigned December 4th on a felony charge of terroristic threats following a preliminary hearing last Friday in county court. He remains in custody in the Cheyenne County Jail.

Smith is accused of calling the high school on Friday November 8th and leaving a message threatening to "kill all non-virgins" and the people they attend school with.

School officials didn't find the message until the following Monday, Veterans Day, and contacted authorities. School officials, with authorities present, dialed the number that had initiated the threat call and Smith answered and identified himself.

While he was on the phone, a Kimball County sheriff's deputy...working with Cheyenne County authorities...arrived at Smith's home and placed him in emergency protective custody for psychiatric evaluation. During his arrest, Smith allegedly tried to grab the deputy's pistol until a second officer arrived and Smith was subdued.

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