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Sewer District: Man Arrested for Suspicious Phone Call

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CLEVELAND — Cuyahoga Heights police have arrested a man for allegedly making a suspicious phone call to a local sewer plant.

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District says a security officer at the Southerly Wastewater Treatment Plant received the call Tuesday morning.

The caller indicated that “something would happen at the Southerly Plant and your other plant.” However, the exact nature of the threat wasn’t mentioned.

“Our first concern was to assure that employees, contractors, vendors and visitors were safe,” stated Julius Ciaccia, Sewer District Executive Director.  “We were able to determine early on in the investigation that safety was not jeopardized.”

Sewer District staff and Verizon Wireless traced the call to a pre-paid cell phone. The District then determined who owned that phone, and discovered the suspect is an employee of a construction company hired to fulfill an electric contract for Renewable Energy Facility (REF), which, when fully constructed and operational, will incinerate biosolids at Southerly.

Charges are pending against the suspect.