CSU student accused of bomb threats gets bond raised

A Phenix City man accused of calling in bomb threats to Columbus State University had his bond raised today to more than $300,000.

Lawrence Eugene Price, 45, is charged with calling in bomb threats on three separate days to CSU, Columbus Police and the Ledger-Enquirer. He was arrested Nov. 5 on the college's campus after allegedly calling in a threat from a pay phone off school property. Authorities say they found found several guns, some assault-class weapons, in his pickup truck.

Price's bond was initially set at $46,000 by Columbus Municipal Court Judge Haywood Turner, though Muscogee County Superior Court Judge Doug Pullen raised it to $331,000 at a bond hearing today.

Pullen cited a large cache of weapons at Price's home as one reason for increasing the bond.

"His excuse that he didn't want to take a biology test (as a reason for calling in the threat), let's just say it's a tad weird," Pullen said.

See Wednesday's Ledger-Enquirer for more on this story.