Hearing for suspect in ferry bombing scare is expected in February | UPDATE

The man who allegedly made a bomb threat will have his court date in mid-February, a deputy prosecutor for Snohomish County said Tuesday.

Michael William Harsh, 32, was arrested after stepping off the M/V Cathlamet in Mukilteo. Authorities claim Harsh, a former Langley resident, was heard talking about a bomb after the ferry sailed from Clinton on the 8:30 a.m. run Thursday, Jan. 26.

Harsh made his first appearance Friday in Snohomish County Superior Court. His bail, originally set at $25,000, was reduced to $10,000 and he remains in custody at the Snohomish County Jail in Everett.

Snohomish County Deputy Prosecutor Ed Stemler said officers put a standard $25,000 bail in place until the suspect appears before a judge. Stemler did not attend Harsh's bail setting last week.

Harsh, an Everett resident, had until 5 p.m. Tuesday to post bail. Stemler also said his office had until the end of the day to file the charging papers.

"I'm likely to file a charge into district court to hold the bail in place," Stemler said early Tuesday.

An arraignment hearing for a felony charge of making a bomb threat is expected to follow in mid-February.

Harsh allegedly admitted talking about sinking a ferry to detectives with the Washington State Patrol, but also said he was bipolar and had not taken his prescription medication in recent weeks.


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