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Man indicted for allegedly mailing threats to Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay

WHITEFISH BAY, Wis. (CBS 58) -- A 33-year-old man has been indicted for making threats against the Jewish Community Center in Whitefish Bay. 

Police say Chadwick Grubbs mailed threats to the building on three separate occasions. He's currently being held in custody by the state. 

A spokesperson from the JCC sent the following statement:

"JCC Friends and Families,

As part of our commitment to ensuring timely and transparent dialogue with our community, we want to share information about a situation that may receive attention in the coming days.

This past spring, the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Department informed us that threatening letters, intended for the JCC and written by an inmate in their jail, had been returned to their attention undelivered. The nature of this correspondence demanded that we engage local and federal law enforcement to understand and investigate the 

During their investigation, additional correspondence – unrelated to the JCC – was discovered and the inmate was charged as a result of those separate offenses. This week, federal charges were filed against the individual specifically related to the correspondence intended for the JCC.

It is important to note that the inmate was in custody at the time of sending the communication, remained in custody from the time of its discovery, and remains in custody today. There was no evidence to warrant any change in JCC operations. In support of local and federal authorities, and in deference to their expertise and the best interests of the ongoing investigation, we abstained from any formal communication or comment until now.

We are blessed to work with exceptional experts and community leaders, and we depend on their professional guidance and recommendations. We will continue to focus on doing what we do best throughout the JCC: serving this community with inclusive values, providing exceptional programs, and ensuring a safe space for all. Even in the face of challenging rhetoric, we’re reminded that our community is one that leads with its heart.

We’re proud of the community we serve, proud to play a meaningful role in the lives of our neighbors, and proud of the strength we exhibit day in and day out. We welcome your conversation and open our doors – as we do every day – to your voices, your visits, and your support."

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