Police: Local homeless shelter closes for night following threats

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HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - Update
The Hope House in Hazard is temporarily closed.

Police said the threats included physical violence, and that the facility should be burned.

"We do take threats seriously and our plan of action is to prosecute people that are making these threats," said Hazard police officer James Whitaker. "This is a tragic event that has happened in our community and everyone has kind of taken a back by it and we're just trying to keep everything under control."

Police say people making the threats could be charged with terroristic threatening.

It is not known when the Hope House will reopen.

Residents are expected to stay in Jessamine County until police and city officials decide it is safe for them to return.

Original Story
The Hope House homeless shelter in Hazard will close for the night Tuesday.

This comes after police said there were multiple threats against the house and the Hope House president, Ben Fugate.

Police said this is not an issue they take lightly and will prosecute anyone who is making threats.

Less than 25 people were staying at the Hope House. They will be moved to Jessamine County.

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