The Town of Ponoka Town Hall and all town facilities were closed Tuesday morning after receiving a hand-delivered threat overnight on Oct. 23 to 24. Ponoka RCMP investigated and an individual was arrested although it isn’t clear if charges were laid. Photo by Jeffrey Heyden-Kaye

UPDATE: Threat to Ponoka town hall

Town of Ponoka facilities were closed after receiving a hand-delivered threatening message overnight

Town of Ponoka facilities were closed Tuesday morning after receiving a hand delivered threatening message overnight.

Sandra Smith, communications manager for the Town of Ponoka, said town buildings were closed for two hours.

“All town buildings were temporarily closed due to an emergency situation,” said Smith.

At Town Hall a printed note stated that the building was, “Closed Due to Emergency.”

Overnight on Oct. 23 to 24 the note was delivered and Ponoka RCMP were called in to investigate. Smith says an individual was identified by RCMP and that a warrant for his arrest already issued. The person has since been located and placed in custody but it is not known if there are any charges pending.

She said the letter was a cause for concern but did not disclose the contents or the name of the individual.

Since police stepped in, the individual, who was not identified, is believed to have been taken to the Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury for evaluation.

Ponoka RCMP Staff Sgt. Mike Numan said that the letter’s contents posed more of a concern than a major threat to the town. He said there was no danger to the public at any time and he commended the town for following safety protocols.

No charges will be coming from the town on the incident.

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