UPDATE @ 12:31 a.m. (Nov. 17): No credible threat was found at the Yamada North America Inc. auto parts plant, but police have “credible leads,” South Charleston Police Chief Brian Redish said.
Police were called to the plant in the 9000 block of Cincinnati-Dayton Road because of a package found in a bathroom at the facility that had the words “Yamada” and “bomb” as well as Monday’s date and the time of 10 p.m. written on it, Redish said.
Word of the discovery was passed on to upper management, who called police, he said. The package was discovered in an odd place a K-9 couldn’t get to so bomb squads from Columbus and Dayton were called to the plant.
Redish said the package turned out to be “a piece of plastic wrapped in Duct tape.”
The second shift was sent home after being evacuated by plant management, he said. The third shift was housed at a neutral location until the all clear was given.
Redish didn’t offer much more about the leads his detectives are pursuing beyond that the leads are credible.
UPDATE @ 10:30 p.m.: The Dayton Bomb Squad is at the Yamada North America Inc., auto parts plant.
FIRST REPORT (Nov. 16)
A bomb threat has shut down the Yamada North America Inc., auto parts plant and the Dayton Bomb Squad has been called.
South Charleston police found a package, but a K-9 did not alert on it, we’re told. As an added precaution, police called the bomb squad to check the package and the facility.
About 8 p.m., a caller to our newsroom who identified herself as an employee told us workers received a text message earlier this evening instructing them not to report for their shifts until at least 11 p.m.
The facility is located in the 9000 block of Cincinnati-Columbus Road.
We have a crew on scene. We will update this report as we get information.