The man who was arrested for a bomb scare Wednesday at Heartland Aviation has been released on a $3,000 signature bond.
Patrick J. Knauf, 43, of Eau Claire was arrested for the violation of making a bomb scare under state statute 947.015.
The threat was made after 5 p.m. Wednesday, just hours after Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker made a brief appearance at Heartland.
The building was sealed off, and a thorough search by the Eau Claire Police Department and the Eau Claire Fire Department was made. No bomb was located, and Heartland Aviation has resumed normal operation.
The police department says this appears to be an isolated incident, and there is no additional threat to the public.
Heartland Aviation sits adjacent to Chippewa Valley Regional Airport, located in the city of Eau Claire and the southernmost part of Chippewa County.
Investigation into the matter continues, and Knauf has yet to be formally charged. He is scheduled to return to court on April 19.
According to the Chippewa County district attorney’s office, Knauf participated in a public demonstration at the airport on Feb. 28 and/or March 2. Individuals with information about Knauf’s statements or conduct at those demonstrations are asked to contact the Eau Claire Police Department’s confidential tipster line at (715) 839-4982.