CANTON — A Plain Township man has been arrested on charges stemming from his threat to blow up the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Joseph B. Rodd, 55, was arrested initially at noon Monday at his home on warrants charging him with felony menacing by stalking and criminal damaging, Stark County Jail records show. The warrants had been issued to Stark County sheriff’s deputies.

He was also wanted on unrelated warrants charging him with making a terroristic threat and inducing panic. Those warrants had been issued to Canton police.

Stark County court records show he is accused of threatening to blow up the Hall of Fame “with an explosive device.”

Canton Police Lt. Dennis Garren confirmed that officers received a call reporting Rodd’s threats at 9:53 a.m. Monday.

The building was evacuated briefly as police investigated. But they found nothing indicating the presence of an explosive.

“The threat was open-ended and it lacked specific details,” Garren said. “The threat was highly improbable and lacked credibility from the very beginning.”

Court records also show that Rodd is previously accused of having driven his vehicle to another man’s property and throwing trash in the yard after threatening to cut off the man’s head and put it on a stick in the yard. He also threatened to bomb the man’s yard, according to the court records.

Court records show that Rodd was arrested Aug. 26 on charges of felony telephone harassment and two counts of aggravated menacing. He was freed after posting a $2,500 bond pending further court hearings. The case has since been bound over to the Stark County Common Pleas court.

Rodd was cited Sept. 9 for a stop sign violation, but failed to appear in court on Sept. 17. Then he was arrested on Monday at his home on the stalking charge.

The court records also show he went to prison in 1994 for having weapons under disability and drug abuse.

Rodd remained in jail early Wednesday, held in lieu of $276,750 bond pending court hearings.

 

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