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N.J. man accused of threats that closed Olympia's Evergreen State College

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MORRISTOWN, N.J. - A New Jersey man is accused of making threatening phone calls to The Evergreen State College in Olympia, which prompted officials to close the campus down for 2 1/2 days last month.

Prosecutors in Morris County, N.J., say 53-year-old Robert Kerekes Jr. was arrested Monday night. The Morris Plains man is charged with making terroristic threats, criminal coercion and causing false public alarm

Authorities say Kerekes allegedly made the threats after a series of protests over student claims of racism at the small progressive campus in Olympia. The protests, which made national headlines, escalated after a college professor objected to a "Day of Absence, Day of Presence" demonstration in which whites were asked to leave campus for the day.

Prosecutors say Kerekes will remain in custody until a bail hearing is held.

It wasn't known Tuesday if he has retained an attorney.

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