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City Hall to reopen on Thursday after alleged threats

The City of Kingston have confirmed that Kingston City Hall will open on Thursday and return to operation as normal.

City Hall was suddenly closed on Tuesday afternoon, and remained closed with little information shared with the public outside of the matter being deemed a “security concern”.

An initial release from the City of Kingston stated that City Hall was expected to reopen on Wednesday, but it remained closed out of caution.

Kelsey Pye, Communications Officer with the City of Kingston, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that the temporary closure would be lifted on Thursday.

“City Hall will be re-opening and operating as usual on Thursday, Nov. 30, following the temporary closure earlier this week,” Pye said in a statement.

“The City has been notified by Kingston Police that the individual who was arrested in connection with this incident remains in custody.”

Kingston Police sent out a release just before 1 PM on Wednesday regarding the matter.

Police said that on Monday November 27 they became aware of online comments, not directed to a specific individual or group, that indicated a potential threat to people at City Hall.

The individual responsible was identified through an investigation and subsequently arrested on Monday, less than a day after the threats were discovered.

It’s unclear at this time why City Hall remained open after the threats were discovered on Monday, or why it was closed Tuesday and Wednesday after the individual had already been arrested.

Kingston Police arrested a 27 year old individual at their residence and charged them with one count of uttering threats to cause death/bodily harm to a person.

The individual, who has not been identified, is being held for a bail hearing.

Police say this was an isolated incident and there is currently no threat to public safety.

Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter
Owen Fullerton, Local Journalism Initiative Reporterhttp://ygknews.ca
Born and raised in Whitby, Ontario, Owen has been living in Kingston for about three years after starting the band Willy Nilly. Prior to that he worked at CKLB radio in Yellowknife and completed studies in Niagara College's Broadcasting program.

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