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Creepy Clown Hysteria Prompts Sheriff to Ask for Help from FBI, Homeland Security

Creepy clown, via Wikipedia

Creepy clown, via Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A clown hysteria has swept across social media and is now prompting law enforcement to take some drastic – and potentially unconstitutional – measures.

The panic appeared to start in August in Greenville, S.C., where clowns were reportedly luring children into the woods.

“From there, it ballooned into reports of people in clown costumes lurking in parks, assaulting people, chasing people and even threatening to kill people,” reports Network World, which chronicled law enforcement actions in light of the hysteria. 

A sheriff in Kentucky has asked the FBI and Homeland Security to help investigate a “creepy clown” threat. The sheriff in Gallatin County even warned that “clown threats” may face charges of “inducing panic and terroristic threatening.”

This week, Gallatin County Kentucky Schools said it received a “vague threat of violence” from two “clowns” who threaten to shoot high school students. As a result, school attendance plummeted 48%.

Network World wrote that most of the clown reports are rumors or pranks.

Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale told people to forward threatening messages from clowns to the police, who were “aggressively looking into each and every message.” Neale said he was consulting with the FBI and Homeland Security over the clown threats. He added, “The person or people making the ‘clown threats’ could face local charges of inducing panic and terroristic threatening.”

Other police have also addressed the clown threat after it was going viral in social media. Wearing a “full clown costume” in public got one man arrested in Kentucky. He was charged with “wearing a mask in a public place and disorderly conduct.” He’s notthe only “clown” who has been arrested.

Kentucky’s Barbourville Police warned that dressing like a clown “can create a dangerous situation.” While “approaching people in a threatening manner” is illegal, so too is “assaulting, shooting, attacking or otherwise injuring someone simple because they are wearing a costume.”

Duped! Hoax Website Falsely Claims ‘El Chapo’ Was Escaped Jail Again

Joaquin_Guzman-LoeraBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Social media was abuzz Sunday after rumors circulated that Joaquin ‘El Chapo’ Guzman broke free of jail for the third time.

The source of the rumors was a hoax ABC News site that posted a story that claimed Guzman escaped a Mexican prison once again.

Mexican and U.S. officials confirmed that Guzman did not escape and was still in custody.

The hoax site has been the source of plenty of fake stories that tricked readers.

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Arrests Man Accused of Threatening to Blow Up Statue of Liberty

Statue of Liberty/Wikipedia

Statue of Liberty/Wikipedia

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was no joking matter to law enforcement or the thousands of people who were visiting the Statue of Liberty.

A 42-year-old man is accused of claiming to be a well-known terrorist and calling in a threat to blow up the Statue of Liberty, The Hill reports. 

The FBI and other law enforcement arrested Jason Smith, who is accused of calling 911 on April 24 and saying he was Abdul Yasin, the lone suspect in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.

Authorities took the threat serious, sending in police dogs and evacuating more than 3,200 people.

Authorities said Smith used his iPad to call in the threat.

Former Baseball Star Chipper Jones Claimed Sandy Hook Shooting Was a Hoax

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The horrific Sandy Hook school shooting that killed 20 children and six staff members was a hoax?

So claimed former Atlanta Braves star Chipper Jones in an odd tweet that suggested the FBI confirmed the shooting was not real, Huffington Post reports.

The next day, on Saturday, Jones apologized, saying he misunderstood what happened.

“My apologies for my Sandy Hook tweet yest. I had heard something from someone which I thought to be credible and tweeted w/out researching.

He added: “It was irresponsible of me to do that and will not happen again. Please accept my heartfelt apology to those who were hurt or offended.”

FBI: Fake Bomb Was Left On Bus for People with Disabilities in St. Louis

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Everything about it looked real.

It even spooked authorities, who believed at first they may have found an improvised explosive device on a bus that serves people with disabilities in St. Louis, KCTV 5 News reports.

Turns out, the device was fake but was made to look real to scare people.

“The package in question was intended to look like a hoax device,” FBI spokeswoman Bridget Patton said. “It is an ongoing investigation. We did respond with a significant resources with an abundance of caution because this is a threat taken very seriously by law enforcement.”

FBI Investigating Cleveland Anthrax Hoax

anthrax spores

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is continuing an investigation into an anthrax scare in Cleveland, reports WDEF.com.

On Wednesday afternoon a letter containing white powder was found addressed to the Bradley County Circuit Court’s Office, but a mobile testing unit determined the substance was just talcum powder, according to WDEF.

No one is sick and thing are “back to normal,” the county mayor said.

“The employees that were right around there when it was opened, and the ones that actually opened it, were put through a tough time, waiting, and not knowing. Thank goodness it turned out that it wasn’t real.  It was a hoax, which is a bad thing, but it’s better than if it had been real,” said Mayor Gary Davis.

Davis said investigators now know where the letter came from but are not releasing that information to the public yet.

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