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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Situation All Clear After Report of Man Threatening to Bring Gun to Polling Station

Posted By on Tue, Nov 8, 2016 at 5:14 PM

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The Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Department investigated a threat from a voter today but it looks like everything's all clear and it was a lot to do about nothing.

On an election day with very few incidents around the Northeast Ohio area (a Trump supporter had some issues in Akron, for instance, and there was a slight disturbance in Euclid this morning), the incident was a rare example of something going beyond long lines.

Around 10:05 a.m., an anonymous caller reported that a man came became angry inside the polling station at Bethany Baptist Church after he was told he was in the wrong precinct and couldn't vote. Before leaving the polling station, he reportedly threatened to return with a gun.

All that matters right now is that the situation has been handled, as a county Board of Elections official said at a news conference this afternoon.

(Update 6:43 p.m.): Later in the evening, Sheriff's officials said that while they investigated the report, there was no evidence to substantiate the claim and that it likely came from secondhand information.

This isn't the first time someone threatened to use a gun at the polls. Earlier this year during primary season, Allen Bethea, a 45-year-old poll worker, pulled out a gun on another poll worker during an argument.

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