From heavy security at the Shawano City Council meeting to a police escort for the mayor, a community is on high alert. A city alder confirms the FBI is investigating implied threats against city and county officials.
"They basically they said you're on a list, have a good day. Now we have to worry about one more thing in our lives,"
An FBI investigation led to a warning about a threat against dozens of people.
Shawano Alder Bob Kurkiewicz says the FBI warned community leaders that a religious organization just outside of Shawano has made implied threats against them.
The group, run by a man known as Dr. Samanta Roy, has had a contentious relationship with people in the Shawano area for years. Kurkiewicz says it has now escalated to threats against roughly 60 people.
Action 2 News has information that the implied threats are against everyone from the mayor to city council members to even the police chief.
The alder we talked with says the threats are not specific but no one here is taking any chances.
At Wednesday night's city council meeting, not a word was mentioned about the FBI investigation and the mayor had no comment for the media.
Mayor Lorna Marquardt was surrounded by police officers as she left the meeting.
"We're taking some extra, precautionary measures to make sure nothing does happen," Police Chief Ed Whealon said. "We don't know, but we're just going ahead, take a little more precautionary measures."
Chief Whealon wouldn't talk about the specifics of the situation.
The FBI released a statement:
"The FBI made a public announcement to 60 potential victims in Shawano, Wisconsin, on Wednesday, November 5th. The FBI advised these individuals that they were potential victims of an implied threat that was discovered as part of an ongoing investigation."
Kurkiewicz confirmed there are references to the religious organization.
"Are they saying that's who's leveling the threats?" we asked.
"That's correct," Kurkiewicz said. "That's who they have been monitoring."
That group's representative was at the city meeting, photographing city council members and members of the media.
She had no comment and put her hand in front of our camera.
Kurkiewicz says people are on edge and have changed their routines.
Their concern level "is heightened. That's what they want us to be. They want us to be more vigilant in our daily activities but to go on and carry on with our daily activities," he said.
The FBI says it continues to investigate the situation and will reveal more information in the future.