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Judge: East threat suspect won’t get bail lowered

DULUTH, MN– A St. Louis County judge denied a motion Tuesday that would have lowered bail for the man arrested at Duluth East High School in April.

Travis Busch, 35, of Duluth, allegedly texted a family member a series of threats related to engaging in gun fire with law enforcement. That person reported the text messages to police, and the department’s response eventually led to a lockdown at the high school.

In court Tuesday, Busch’s attorney challenged the probable cause for his charges, arguing that his texts were a cry for help. She claimed that is different from a criminal matter.

Busch’s attorneys asked for his bail to be lowered from $200,000 to $20,000, a request that the judge denied. The judge also denied a request to allow Busch out on pretrial release.

The judge said that while the court hears many threats of violence cases, she said she based her decision on the the title of the charge not being enough to ignore the facts of the case.

Busch is due back in court in June.

Briggs LeSavage

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