Kemon Powell

Kemon Powell, 40, Vineland

A Vineland woman has been arrested in connection with threats that prompted the evacuation of two Hamilton Township schools and the Atlantic County Criminal Courthouse last month.

Kemon Powell, 40, was arrested Tuesday after an extensive investigation by Hamilton Township police, according to a news release.

Powell is charged with three counts of causing false public alarm, four counts of terroristic threats and one count of conspiracy.

On Feb. 4, a call came into Cumberland County’s dispatch before 11 a.m. saying a bomb had been placed in the area of the George L. Hess Educational Complex. The call was forwarded to Hamilton Township and the school was evacuated and searched. A call then came to the courthouse, saying it would blow up in five minutes.

A judge also was named, but the name of the judge has not been released.

Then, just before 1 p.m., an additional threat caused the evacuation of Joseph C. Shaner School.

Bomb-sniffing dogs cleared all three buildings.

Two days later, Raheem Brown, 36, of Vineland, was arrested and charged with multiple counts of causing a false public alarm and making terroristic threats.

The U.S. Marshal’s Service and Atlantic County Sheriff’s Department assisted with his arrest.

Contact Lynda Cohen:


@LyndaCohen on Twitter

Never miss breaking news as it happens! Sign up now to receive alerts delivered to your inbox.

Recommended for you

Welcome to the discussion.

Keep it Clean. Please avoid obscene, vulgar, lewd, racist or sexually-oriented language.
Don't Threaten. Threats of harming another person will not be tolerated.
Be Truthful. Don't knowingly lie about anyone or anything.
Be Nice. No racism, sexism or any sort of -ism that is degrading to another person.
Be Proactive. Use the 'Report' link on each comment to let us know of abusive posts.
Share with Us. We'd love to hear eyewitness accounts, the history behind an article.

PLEASE BE ADVISED: On June 26, 2018, we will no longer integrate with Facebook for story comments. The commenting option is not going away, however, readers will need to register for a FREE site account to continue sharing their thoughts and feedback on stories. If you already have an account (i.e. current subscribers, posting in obituary guestbooks, for submitting community events), you may use that login, otherwise, you will be prompted to create a new account beginning June 26, 2018.