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Teens Charged With Calling in Ferry Threat

July 21, 2005

NANTUCKET, Mass. (AP) _ Four teenagers hoping to extend a weekend together on Nantucket phoned in a threat to the island’s ferry operator, stranding more than 150 people in the resulting security scare, authorities said.

``Don’t let the ferry leave or it will blow up,″ prosecutors quoted the caller to Hy-Line Cruises as saying. The threat Sunday night prompted authorities, already on high alert after the July 7 bombings in London, to halt ferries between Cape Cod and Nantucket.

About 160 passengers were stranded on the island, some of whom spent the night in the Nantucket High School gymnasium. Forty others were stuck on Cape Cod, unable to get to the island.

Service resumed Monday after authorities determined there was no bomb.

Police arrested 17-year-olds Daphne Bragg, of Nantucket; Brenden Reed, of West Suffield, Conn.; Brett Williams, of Bloomfield, Conn.; and a 16-year-old Nantucket boy whose name was not released because of his age.

``They just didn’t want to leave,″ said prosecutor Thomas G. Shack.

Bragg, Reed and Williams were released on personal recognizance after their arraignment Wednesday in Nantucket District Court. Each faces one felony charge of making a bomb threat.

The 16-year-old, who was accused of being the one who actually made the phone call, is scheduled to appear in juvenile court next Tuesday. The others are due back in court Aug. 17.

Brad Bailey, the lawyer for Williams and Reed, said the teens are from good families and have never before been in trouble with the law.

``Both are high school students in very good standing and had roots and ties to the community,″ he said.

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