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Lockport police investigating Bills game bomb threat to Lock 34 Bar & Grill | Crime

Lockport police are investigating a phoned-in bomb threat that forced the evacuation of a popular downtown bar and grill during the Bills game Sunday.

Police received the threat to Lock 34 Bar & Grill, 80 Main St.,at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, and promptly evacuated the restaurant and closed Main Street between Pine and Locust streets.

With help from the Niagara County Sheriff’s Office’s bomb-detection dogs, police searched the restaurant and found no sign of explosives on site. The restaurant and Main Street were reopened about 4 p.m.

Police are investigating the threat.

The incident marks the second time in less than six months that Lockport’s central business district was shut down because of a bomb threat.

In March, three stories in the 77 Main St. apartment building were evacuated after a man threatened a bomb in a fourth-floor apartment.

Robert M. Williams, 43, 20 Bright St., was arrested for the threat and charged with second-degree falsely reporting an incident, a class-E felony, as well as resisting arrest and second-degree obstruction of governmental administration, both class-A misdemeanors.

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