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Published: Thursday, 5/14/2009

Runaway teen charged with inducing panic

BY TOM HENRY
BLADE STAFF WRITER

Calvin Riley was arrested on an FBI-issued fugitive warrant after the Huron County prosecutors office charged him Wednesday with inducing panic, a felony.

Further charges are pending his extradition to Huron County.

The extradition process will take a few days, said Russel Leffler, the prosecuting attorney for the county.

The story as it appeared in earlier editions of The Blade and toledoblade.com:

NORWALK, Ohio - A multistate search for a youth believed armed with a rifle and whose threats closed a school yesterday ended peacefully last night when the boy was caught in Dayton, Tenn.

No other details of the capture were immediately available, authorities said.

Calvin Riley, 13, had apparently fled Norwalk earlier in the day and was driving south.

The threats closed Norwalk Catholic School but the school was scheduled to reopen today, even before the capture was made.

Capt. Ted Patrick of the Huron County Sheriff's Office told The Blade last night that the number of faculty members and classmates identified for potential harm in the Riley youth's diary was 33, two more than were reported earlier.

The threats were in a diary found in the boy's school locker late Tuesday.

School officials called the sheriff's office after Walt Klimaski, the school's president, learned about 9:45 p.m. Tuesday that the Riley youth had not returned home that day.

That call came from a parent Mr. Klimaski declined to identify.

Found missing were a neighbor's vehicle - a white Chevrolet pickup truck - and a 22-caliber rifle from the Riley house in Norwalk Township, authorities said.

Mr. Klimaski said he called the sheriff's office, thinking it was a missing-student case.

Sheriff Dane Howard, who met Mr. Klimaski at the school with others to begin searching for clues, said the nature of the investigation changed around midnight.

Mr. Klimaski said he made the decision to cancel classes as a precaution shortly after that late-night meeting with the sheriff.

The mood in town was "a little subdued and somber," Mr. Klimaski said.

"I mean, this is Norwalk, Ohio. This is not something you would expect in Norwalk," he said. "It's like a gut check."

Florida was considered the Riley youth's likely destination based on interviews with classmates and information culled from the diary, Captain Patrick said.

The teenager made two phone calls yesterday. The first, at 6:22 a.m., was placed from a pay phone in the Columbus suburb of Plain City. The second was made at 10:14 a.m. from a phone outside the Shamrock Inn near Walton, Ky., which is in the northern part of the Bluegrass State, he said.

"We haven't been able to determine his reason for heading south," Captain Patrick said. "There was no indication of any problems."

The boy's parents, Patrick and Michelle Riley, could not be reached for comment.

Both were "very upset and concerned about their son's safety," the captain said.

A search made by helicopter of Veterans' Memorial Lake Park, where he was believed to have been spotted while in Kentucky, was unsuccessful.

Sheriff's Maj. Greg Englund said the state of Ohio put out an alert describing the boy as armed and threatening to "harm anyone who interferes with him." The youth also had threatened suicide if approached.

The boy's decision to run away took his family off guard, the major said.

He was thought to have been alone, with $450 in cash. The teenager was last seen at the Norwalk Reservoir around dusk Tuesday wearing tan slacks and a white polo shirt, Captain Patrick said.

The captain said the Riley youth had no experience driving and limited weapons training.

He has a keen interest in survival shows on television, authorities said.

While in Kentucky, he reportedly left a telephone message with a friend to say he was fine and "was going to live off the land down here," the captain said.

The school, which has combined grade levels, has 760 students. It is about 65 miles east of Toledo.

Contact Tom Henry at:

thenry@theblade.com

or 419-724-6079.



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