BOARDMAN, Ohio (WKBN) – Boardman’s police chief has determined the bomb threats to the local Target Friday as a hoax.
Chief Todd Werth says Boardman Police worked with both the FBI and the Youngstown Bomb Squad to determine the accuracy of the bomb threats.
Chief Werth says the Target was in no danger at any time and the store was not evacuated.
There were threats to several Targets across Ohio Friday but all were deemed unfounded. The FBI is still investigating.
According to a Boardman police report, someone at Channel 19 in Cleveland, as well As News 5 and the Cleveland Clinic’s corporate office, received a threat to Target via email. The email to Channel 19 read:
“Target is full of chickens**t cowards who turned their back on the LGBT community and decided to cater to the homophobic right wing redneck bigots who protested and vandalized their store. We won’t stand idly by as the far right continues to hunt us down. We are sending you a message, we placed a bomb in the following targets.
4200 Kent Rd., Stow, Ohio
5584 Dressler Rd. NW, North Canton, Ohio
410 Boardman Poland Rd., Boardman, Ohio
5555 Youngstown Warren Rd., Niles, Ohio
87 Wagner Rd., Monaca Pennsylvania
We will continue to bomb your targets until you stop cowering and bring back your LGBT merchandise. We will not be erased, we won’t go quickly.”
Niles police did check the Target there as well but found no evidence of any bomb.
Chelsea Simeon contributed to this report.