Pikula sentenced for bomb threat

Published 11:17am Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Chad Steven Pikula, the New York Mills man who called in a fake bomb threat at the Brunswick/Lund Boat factory in the city, is facing some stiff fines and 90 days in jail after his sentencing last week.

Pikula, 37, was convicted of one count of making terroristic threats.

The conviction is a felony, but if Pikula successfully completes 5 years of supervised probation, it will be downgraded to a misdemeanor.

In addition to his jail time and probation (which includes a mental health evaluation), Pikula was fined $1,000 and must pay $1,350 in restitution.

Pikula, who was working at the factory at the time, made the threat on March 8, calling the building and saying “There is a bomb in the factory” before hanging up.

Police rerouted traffic and evacuated the building, bringing in some bomb-sniffing dogs to find any explosives. None were found.

New York Mills police subpoenaed phone records and found that Pikula’s phone had made the call.

He was in custody a few days after the threat occurred.

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