Danny Ray Nichols

Danny Ray Nichols was arrested Tuesday night for making bomb threats to courthouses and schools in St. Clair County.

ST. CLAIR COUNTY -- A Springville man was arrested Tuesday night on two counts of making terrorist threats.

St. Clair County Assistant Sheriff Billy Murray identified the suspect as Danny Ray Nichols, 37, of Village Springs Road in Springville.

“The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Office received information regarding terrorist threats being made by email to the St. Clair County Board of Education and the St. Clair County Clerk’s Office Tuesday,” Murray said. “The threat implied an explosive device would cause damage at the St. Clair County courthouses, along with Pell City and Ashville schools.

“These threats were treated with the highest priority, and a sweep was made with all available manpower and K9 units. The locations were cleared, and normal operations resumed.”

Murray said the investigation resulted in Nichols being identified, questioned and arrested.

“Nichols was arrested at about 9 p.m. Tuesday and booked in the St. Clair County Jail in Pell City,” the assistant sheriff said. “He is being held with no bond. The investigation is ongoing, and more information will be available at a later date.”

Murray said Wednesday he didn’t know why Nichols made the terrorist threats, but he did say the suspect was on the court docket Tuesday on a charge of third-degree burglary.

Murray thanked the FBI; State Fire Marshals; the Pell City, Springville, and Moody police departments; and Alabama Fusion Center for their assistance with this incident and arrest.

Reach Gary Hanner at ghanner@thestclairtimes.com.