Hoax brings Youngstown Bomb Squad

SALEM – A Fourth Street man got a scare he wasn’t expecting when he went out on his porch Friday evening, resulting in the Youngstown Bomb Square being called to the home.

Lt. Donn Beeson of the Salem Police Department said dispatch received a call from 894 E. Fourth St. at 4:50 p.m., with the resident reporting there was possibly a bomb in his mailbox.

Patrolman Elizabeth Perry responded to the call and spoke with Aaron Morrison, who reported finding a threatening note on a table on his front porch.

“(It said) something to the effect ‘don’t open your mailbox you could get hurt,’” Beeson said.

The bomb squad was called after the fire department declined to open the mailbox, he added.

The squad arrived at 6:32 p.m. and opened the mailbox to find another note, this one reading: “We Got Ya.” “There was nothing in the mailbox that was an explosive,” Beeson said.

Perry said there are no suspects at this time, although evidence was collected and the matter is under investigation. Officers and the squad were at the home until just after 7 p.m.