Arrest made following threats to Mary Lanning Healthcare

Ricky Collins, 61, of Fullerton was arrested Tuesday for terroristic threats after threatening...
Ricky Collins, 61, of Fullerton was arrested Tuesday for terroristic threats after threatening Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.(KSNB)
Published: Sep. 8, 2021 at 12:12 PM CDT
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HASTINGS, Neb. (KSNB) - A Fullerton man is facing a terroristic threats charge after police said he threatened to shoot up Mary Lanning Healthcare in Hastings.

Hastings Police Captain Mike Doremus said 61-year-old Ricky Collins was arrested by Nebraska State Patrol Tuesday night in Fullerton. The arrest came after an arrest warrant was issued for Collins following threats made over the phone to the hospital earlier in the day.

Police said he was upset because he wasn’t allowed in to see a patient.

Mary Lanning Healthcare locked down the hospital building beginning at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday. The Hastings Police Department recommended the lockdown because the threats were deemed credible, according to Karee Dvorak, MLH Facilities Compliance Manager.

“The police recommended we go on lockdown while they investigated,” Dvorak said. “The lockdown was mainly for the safety of our patients, visitors and staff.”

The lockdown was lifted at 6:45 p.m. following an arrest in the case.

Police did not know why the hospital would not let him see the patient.

When Local4 asked Mary Lanning Healthcare for more information, they said in an email, “due to patient privacy and HIPPA, we cannot expand on reasons for his visit, however it was not tied to any recent changes to the hospital’s visitor policy.”

Collins has since bonded out of jail, with a condition of his bond be that he has no contact with the hospital.

His arraignment is scheduled in Adams County Court on September 16 at 9 a.m.

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