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AREA LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OFFER DIFFERING VIEWS OF NATIONAL THREATS

(Whitewater Valley)--Both the Richmond Police Department and the Wayne County Sheriff’s Department issued statements Wednesday after Butler County Sheriff Richard Jones on Tuesday issued an ominous warning about a terror attack.  Wayne County Sheriff Randy Retter attended the same conference in Washington as Jones last week and said Wednesday that his department is not aware of any credible information indicating an immediate threat to public safety.  That sentiment was echoed Wednesday by RPD Chief Kyle Weatherly.  But, Sheriff Jones held a press conference Wednesday and shared a differing takeaway from the National Sheriff's Conference in Washington.  "We were told by the FBI Director that it's not a matter of if, it's when," Jones said.  Jones added this:  "We were also told by Mr. Wray, the FBI Director, that there are more red flags going off now than before 9/11."  Jones said that it would likely be a cyber attack on power systems.  "You can't pump gas without electricity.  You can't pump water without electricity."  Butler County is 19 miles from Richmond.