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Update: Marshfield Police Chief releases new details about bomb scare investigation

Updated: 4:30 p.m. on January 12, 2018

UPDATE: MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) -- A suspect in the suspicious device case that shut down a neighborhood in Marshfield Thursday is now in jail on a probationary hold as the police department continues to investigate. 

The incident happened on the 2000 block of Lincoln Avenue around noon.

Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza said they still information to gather, but likely have a motive in the case.

They were called to the area after someone found four PVC tubes taped together with mortar fireworks inside.

Chief Gramza says they've since learned a threat was made to the homeowner around New Year's Eve.

"There was a note that had been left. In the end it sounds like it may have been a relationship issue. The suspect being upset over the fact that an ex-girlfriend was now dating this individual,” Gramza said.

He also said the ex-girlfriend received a threatening note on her car. Investigators said they're now trying to figure out when the firework launcher was placed on the property.

If it was the same night the notes were left and went unnoticed, or if it was more recently.MARSHFIELD, Wis. (WSAW) --- A suspect in the suspicious device case that shut down a neighborhood in Marshfield Thursday is now in jail on a probationary hold as the police department continues to investigate. 

The incident happened on the 2000 block of Lincoln Avenue around noon.

Marshfield Police Chief Rick Gramza said they still information to gather, but likely have a motive in the case.

They were called to the area after someone found four PVC tubes taped together with mortar fireworks inside.

Chief Gramza says they've since learned a threat was made to the homeowner around New Year's Eve.

"There was a note that had been left. In the end it sounds like it may have been a relationship issue. The suspect being upset over the fact that an ex-girlfriend was now dating this individual,” Gramza said.

He also said the ex-girlfriend received a threatening note on her car. Investigators said they're now trying to figure out when the firework launcher was placed on the property.

If it was the same night the notes were left and went unnoticed, or if it was more recently.

Chief Gramza said no charges have been recommended against the suspect, yet. As they're still waiting for results from Marathon County Bomb Squad analysts. They're also trying to figure out what charges would apply in this case.

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MARSHFIELD, WIS. (WSAW) A Marshfield neighborhood was evacuated Thursday morning after a device that looks like a bomb was found in the front yard of a home on Lincoln Avenue.

Police are investigating to determine whether the device is dangerous, according to Marshfield Assistant Police Chief Patrick Zeps.

Lincoln Avenue between Shortess Drive and Frontage Road is closed while police investigate. Residents in the area have been contacted and if they were in their homes, they've been evacuated, according to Zeps.

The Marathon County Bomb Squad responded to the scene to investigate the device.

Police Chief Rick Gramza tells NewsChannel 7 police have an idea of who put the device in the yard.

Gramza says it is an isolated incident and the public is not in danger.

Stay with NewsChannel 7 for updates on this developing story.


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