LOGAN — Bail has been reduced for a 21-year-old North Logan woman suspected of sending a bomb threat to her employer so she wouldn’t have to go to work. Brittany R. Valentine has been in the Cache County Jail since being arrested earlier this month.
Valentine appeared in 1st District Court Tuesday morning. She was previously charged with one count of making a threat of terrorism, a second-degree felony.
Public defender Mike McGinnis asked for Valentine’s case to be transferred to Mental Health Court. The program is supervised by a judge, and requires weekly appearances and mental counseling.
McGinnis also asked the court to lower Valentine’s bail so she could be released on pre-trial supervision.
Judge Thomas Willmore granted both motions. He ordered Valentine to begin observing Mental Health Court Wednesday afternoon. He also lowered bail to $5,000.
Logan City police officers claim an employee at ICON Health & Fitness received a threatening message February 10. The “cryptic text” included a bomb emoji and said the explosive device would detonate shortly.
The employee showed the text to company managers who contacted law enforcement. The company facility was also evacuated for a time, until it was determined that the buildings were safe again to enter.
Officers were able to track the text message to Valentine. She later admitted to sending the message because she didn’t want to go to work.