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Police: Woman sent texts to herself pretending to be threatened; texts send Stanley-Boyd schools into hold

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Brittany Frane

Eau Claire (WQOW) - Police are now saying who is responsible for sending Stanley-Boyd schools into a hold on Tuesday.

Police are also saying the woman sent threatening texts to herself using an app which made it look like the messages were coming from a different number.

Eau Claire police say on Monday morning they received a threat complaint. So, they went and met with Brittany Frane, 23, who showed officers text messages allegedly from an ex-boyfriend. The messages threatened to kill her, her family members and anyone who tried to stop him.

The messages also contained threats to the Stanley-Boyd Area School District.

Information was given the suspect was in the downtown Eau Claire area. Officers checked the area but didn't find anything.

Shortly before midnight on Monday night, Frane contacted police and said she received more threatening messages. The nature of the messages insinuated the threat may be imminent so officers responded in emergency mode.

Once again the area was searched and once again nothing was found.

On Tuesday, Stanley-Boyd schools were on a soft hold as a precaution.

During the investigation, police searched Frane's cell phone. Evidence showed Frane sent the threatening messages to herself and family via an app, according to police.

Officers say the app altered the source of the messages making them appear to be coming from a different number.

On Wednesday, Frane was arrested for making terrorist threats and obstructing an officer.

Police say she was booked and released from the Eau Claire County Jail. She will make her first court appearance on March 18 at 11 a.m.

Clint Berge

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