Suburban Cleveland: Threat cancels circus

SOUTH RUSSELL, Ohio (AP) – Two performances of the Kelly Miller Circus in suburban Cleveland have been canceled due to violent threats.

South Russell Police Chief Michael Rizzo tells Northeast Ohio Media Group that statements were made against the event, including “bullets will fly.”

A release issued Monday by the Chagrin Valley Junior Chamber of Commerce said that multiple threats of gun violence were communicated to ticket sales representatives in regards to the July 27 shows.

Rizzo says there were no specific details involving where or how the threats would be carried out, but the calls originated from the Chagrin Falls area. No individuals have been identified as perpetrating the threats.

Activists protested the circus at council meetings for almost a year, but say they were disturbed by what led to the event’s cancellation.

Information from: Northeast Ohio Media Group, http://www.cleveland.com

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