* May 8: Post updated at the bottom.
Three hungry kids, a missing mom, and an agitated dad.
A recipe for disaster.
Based on a Toledo police incident report:
For an hour and a half Friday evening, Nicole Cooper, 32, waited for Toledo police while she was in custody for allegedly shoplifting at the Glendale Avenue Walmart.
Her husband and three children were outside, in the parking lot, waiting.
The children were getting hungry and their father was apparently feeling desperate.
The incident report states that, at 6:55 p.m., a bomb threat was called in to the South Toledo store, sending police and a bomb-sniffing canine to the location.
Police allege that the threat was called in by the husband "to get his wife Nicole released faster," the report states. Police said they found the man waiting in the parking lot where he reportedly admitted to making the "false call in."
Mrs. Cooper was charged with obstructing official business for lying about her husband -- she allegedly told police he was white and would be in a blue Jeep. Her husband is black and was in a green Jeep, according to court records.
Mrs. Cooper was arraigned Monday and ordered to remain in the Lucas County jail in lieu of $1,000 bond. A trial date in Toledo Municipal Court was set for May 21.
Police said they charged the husband with making false reports/misuse of 911, but I can't pull up any records to prove that on the Toledo Municipal Court Web site, which gets updated in real time. That's why we didn't name the husband in this post.
I asked police yesterday if they, for sure, charged the husband. They said yes. *shoulder shrug*
UPDATE: I swear I'm not crazy. I have been checking Toledo Municipal Court every day to find charges on the man in this situation. Finally, today, the charges posted, although it shows that they were, indeed, filed on Friday. What's the deal? *shoulder shrug*
In any event, Paul Cooper, 26, of Napoleon, was charged with inducing panic. He's scheduled for a May 15 arraignment.