STOW — An 18-year-old Cuyahoga Falls man facing a felony charge in connection with an alleged threat against Cuyahoga Falls High School will have his case go to a Summit County Grand Jury on Jan. 21.
If the grand jury decides to indict Allen M. Kenna on charges of making a terroristic threat, a third-degree felony, and criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, he would be arraigned in Summit County Common Pleas Court on Jan. 31, according to Stow Municipal Court Judge Kim Hoover.
Kenna appeared via video from Summit County Jail for a felony status hearing in the municipal court on Tuesday morning. At that hearing, Hoover agreed to reduce Kenna’s bond from $250,000 cash to $250,000, 10%. He said Kenna would still need to meet all of the same conditions that were established in court when Kenna was arraigned last week. If he is released from jail, Kenna must abstain from using alcohol and illegal drugs, have no contact with Cuyahoga Falls High School, stay at least 1,000 feet away from all Cuyahoga Falls Board of Education properties, and not possess any weapons, according to the court record. Kenna would also have to wear a GPS monitor, Hoover said.
Kenna was still in the Summit County Jail as of Tuesday afternoon, according to a jail employee.
Kenna’s attorney, Troy Reeves, requested the bond reduction, saying his client has no prior criminal record as an adult or juvenile, and lives with his parents and siblings. Reeves also told Hoover that Kenna did not make a threat through social media or a phone call and said he did not know what information the prosecution had that would support their claim that his client made a threat. Reeves said a "cache of knives" — not guns — were found in Kenna’s Monroe Avenue home. He added Kenna, who does not attend Cuyahoga Falls High School, has never owned a gun. Reeves suggested a bond of $50,000, 10%, or $25,000, 10%.
Prosecutor Matt Plesich told Hoover that the state opposed a bond reduction. Plesich noted that while no guns were found in Kenna’s home, "a large amount of ammunition and magazines" were recovered, "leading one to believe that he may have access to a gun. We’re still looking into that." He asked Hoover to focus on the charge of making a terroristic threat, noting that a witness had "corroborated" the alleged threat, and said Kenna was seen in Cuyahoga Falls High School "taking videos."
Police responded to Cuyahoga Falls High School after hours on Jan. 6 after a school custodian reported seeing Kenna walking around the building.
In an all-call to district parents Jan. 8, Cuyahoga Falls City School District Superintendent Dr. Todd Nichols said his staff "immediately" called police following the incident on Jan. 6.
″[On Jan. 6], a suspicious individual was identified in the halls of CFHS who appeared to be taking pictures using a cell phone," said Nichols. "When addressed by CFHS staff, the individual fled the premises."
The district’s surveillance equipment was used to capture photos of the man and it was determined he was not a student at the school, Nichols said in the call.
The photos and identification was shared with police Jan. 8, said Nichols.
A Cuyahoga Falls Police Department press release issued Jan. 9 said Kenna allegedly "made threats to commit a shooting at the school."
A complaint police filed with the court alleges the threats were made to "others" prior to the trespassing incident. He was then seen inside the high school "where he appeared to be taking video of the interior of the school," the complaint said. Following the execution of a search warrant at Kenna’s home, he was arrested and taken to county jail on Jan. 9.
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