Student charged in Valparaiso hostage hoax appears in court

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VALPARAISO, Ind.--- Not guilty pleas have been entered for a Valparaiso University student charged with faking a hostage situation at the school, sparking a large emergency response.

Twenty-year-old Michael Clemens of Chesterton made his initial court appearance Friday on felony counts of intimidation and false reporting. The Times of Munster reports Porter Superior Court Judge Roger Bradford also set a Nov. 9 trial date.

Authorities have said a man called police April 21 saying he had a gun and had taken hostages. More than 50 officers and agents from federal, state, and local agencies responded to the incident.

An affidavit says a police officer who listened to a tape of the call recognized the voice of the caller as that of his cousin, Clemens, who admitted making the call.