Teen linked to high school attack plo...

Teen linked to high school attack plot sentenced to probation

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Joseph Pastusek III on his MySpace page. The White Township teenager linked to a plot to attack students and staff at Belvidere High School was sentenced today to three years' probation, Warren County ...

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#1 Jul 13, 2008

BELVIDERE | A former Belvidere man who allegedly plotted a military-style attack on Belvidere High School was back behind bars Tuesday for failing to pay his fines on unrelated convictions, police said.

James M. Shipps, 22, now of South Main Street, Bangor, was a passenger in a vehicle stopped for an alleged speeding violation Monday night.
Shipps owes Belvidere Town Municipal Court $1,140 following convictions of public drunkenness and being in a park after hours, records show.

Shipps is charged with making terroristic threats, false public alarm and hindering apprehension in connection with a plot uncovered in March to launch an armed attack at the high school.

Shipps rejected a plea deal in May and has yet to go to trial. The case is heading to a grand jury barring an intervening plea bargain.

Co-defendant Joseph Pastusek III, 17, of White Township, drew a sentence of three years' probation last month after pleading guilty to false public alarm. The punishment included a deferred sentence from a 2007 weapons offense.

School officials notified police in March about their concerns over Pastusek's behavior. Belvidere police investigated and notified the FBI about the student's alleged plan to carry out a military-style attack sometime last month.

Authorities found no weapons other than those legally registered to the teen's father.

The Monday night traffic stop involving Shipps also led to the discovery of suspected marijuana, a glass pipe, a digital scale and two 12-packs of Miller Lite beer, police said.

The driver, 27-year-old Corey Pramik of Schnecksville, Pa., is charged with speeding, failure to exhibit a vehicle insurance card, possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana.

The charges against another occupant, 24-year-old Michael C. Schadler of Whitehall Township, include possession of less than 50 grams of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and consumption of an alcoholic beverage in a motor vehicle.

Police did not charge a 17-year-old girl in the vehicle and released her to her parents.

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