ATHENS, Ohio – As indicated in an earlier statement, Ohio University police received a report this morning (April 29) of an anonymous threat posted to the location-based social media app Yeti. Although it was initially believed that the post was made to the “Ohio University” group—thus tying the threat to Athens—further investigation, with assistance from Yeti application technical staff, has revealed this was not the case.
Users on Yeti can monitor key words in posts which will cause material to appear in their feed that is not associated with the group to which they belong. Investigation has shown that the threatening video was posted by a user in Europe who is not affiliated with any group on Yeti. Although the complainant belongs to the “Ohio University” group, the video appeared in the complainant’s feed based on key words, not location. With assistance from Yeti application technical staff, detectives were able to confirm the user who originally generated and posted the video was not in the United States. Based on this latest information, we do not believe there is any specific threat to Athens or Ohio University at this time.
We would like to commend the complainant who reported the video, as it is always best to take threats seriously and “See Something, Say Something.” We would also like to thank Yeti application’s staff for their assistance with the technical investigation.
This case was another example of coordinated investigative work by local and federal law enforcement to bring the matter to a quick close.
ATHENS, Ohio – Ohio University police received a report early this morning (April 29) that an anonymous video threatening the safety of “American students” had been posted to a location-based social media app called Yeti. The app allows users to post and view images associated with college-based user groups. The threatening video was posted to the “Ohio University” group, which allows users to affiliate with the Athens campus. A screen capture of the video appears below:
Local law enforcement shared the information with Athens County school personnel, who in an abundance of caution, closed area schools. Ohio University remains open, and commencement will continue as scheduled, but additional police staffing and increased security measures will be in place.
The FBI is assisting local law enforcement, who are working to evaluate the credibility of the threat. The investigation is ongoing.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 10 PM, THURSDAY, APRIL 28TH.
SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS WILL BE DEVELOPING THIS AFTERNOON AND THIS EVENING. SOME OF THESE STORMS COULD PRODUCED LOCALIZED DOWNPOURS OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME. THESE DOWNPOURS COUPLED WITH THE ALREADY WET GROUND FROM PREVIOUS RAINS, COULD CAUSE LOCALIZED FLOODING OF SMALL STREAMS AND CREEKS, LOW LYING AREAS AND POOR DRAINAGE AREAS.
A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A VERY DANGEROUS SITUATION. YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 2:00 AM WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27TH.
REMEMBER, A SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WATCH MEANS CONDITIONS ARE FAVORABLE FOR SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS IN AND CLOSE TO THE WATCH AREA. PERSONS IN THESE AREAS SHOULD BE ON THE LOOKOUT FOR THREATENING WEATHER CONDITIONS AND LISTEN FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS. SEVERE THUNDERSTORMS CAN AND OCCASIONALLY DO PRODUCE TORNADOES.
STAY TUNED TO NOAA WEATHER RADIO, LOCAL TV, RADIO OR YOUR CABLE TELEVISION PROVIDER FOR LATER STATEMENTS AND POSSIBLE WARNINGS.
THE NATIONAL WEATHER SERVICE HAS ISSUED A FLASH FLOOD WATCH FOR ATHENS COUNTY UNTIL 10 PM, TUEDAY, APRIL 26TH.
LOCALIZED DOWNPOURS IN SHOWERS AND THUNDERSTORMS ARE LIKELY. IF REPETITIVE SHOWERS OR STORMS HIT THE SAME AREA, RAIN AMOUNTS OVER AN INCH COULD OCCUR. RAINFALL OF 1 TO 2 INCHES IN LESS THAN 2 HOURS COULD CAUSE FLOOD PRONE SMALL STREAMS TO OVERFLOW. OF COURSE, MINOR URBAN STREET FLOODING CAN OCCUR WITH LESS RAINFALL.
PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS: A FLASH FLOOD WATCH MEANS THAT CONDITIONS MAY DEVELOP THAT LEAD TO FLASH FLOODING. FLASH FLOODING IS A DANGEROUS SITUATION.
YOU SHOULD MONITOR LATER FORECASTS AND BE PREPARED TO TAKE ACTION SHOULD FLASH FLOOD WARNINGS BE ISSUED.
The Nelsonville City Council announces that there will be a joint Planning and Development Committee and Planning Commission meeting on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at 5:30pm in council chambers, to discuss civil citations, rental permits and the use of the Fisk property on Pleasantview Avenue. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Nelsonville City Council announces that there will be a Street Committee meeting on Tuesday, April 26, 2016 at 6:00pm in council chambers. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Nelsonville Water Department has canceled the boil order for High Street from Campbell Street to Harper Street. We would like to thank the residents affected by this incident for their patience and understanding.
The Nelsonville City Council will hold a regular Council meeting on Monday, April 25, 2016 at 7:00 pm in Council Chambers at City Hall. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Nelsonville Water Department announces that a boil order has been issued for High Street from Campbell Street to Harper Street until further notice.
Boil orders are put into place as a result of broken water lines or local flooding. When this happens, the drinking water may have been contaminated which can cause many illnesses.
Here are some tips to keep in mind, should you find yourself in this situation:
- Bring water to a full boil, and boil for three minutes prior to use.
- Use only boiled water for drinking, preparing food or baby formula.
- To improve the flat taste of boiled water, keep cold in refrigerator.
- Put a cup over your faucets as a reminder to not use tap water – not even to brush your teeth!
- Instead of boiling water, you can disinfect water by adding one teaspoon unscented chlorine laundry bleach for every five gallons of water. Let stand 30 minutes before using.
- Be sure to use sanitized food grade containers for storing water.
- To disinfect water storage containers, pour a solution of one tablespoon of unscented chlorine bleach to a gallon of water into a container. Let the solution remain in the container for 10 minutes, then pour out the solution. Rinse with purified water.
- Boiled or disinfected water can be stored for six months.
- Dispose of ice cubes.
- When washing dishes, make sure to sterilize dishes with a final dip in water that has one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water. Disposable tableware is an option during a boil order.
- It is also recommend you sanitize hands when washing. Again use one teaspoon of unscented household bleach per gallon of water and rinse hand frequently by pouring rinse over the hands. Use paper towels to dry.
- Water for bathing doesn’t need to be boiled. Supervise children to avoid water being ingested.