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Police and fire


Ex-UPS worker accused of calls, bomb threat

– An ex-employee of the UPS terminal in Fort Wayne is accused of making a series of harassing calls to the business and phoning in a bomb threat.

Shaquayla Pernell, 25, of New Haven, was charged Friday with felony counts of intimidation and false reporting.

According to court documents, Pernell was fired from her UPS job in June, and from then until late September, she called her former employer 30 to 40 times. On Sept. 24, she placed several calls, during which she made obscene comments and claimed that a bomb was in the building, court documents stated.

The threat prompted an evacuation of the building, and the city’s bomb squad searched the premises with a police dog, finding nothing suspicious, court documents said. On Sept. 27, Pernell called UPS again and said her former boss was going to be shot. Three days later, during a police interview, she admitted making the bomb threat and placing calls that threatened her ex-boss, court records said.

On Friday, she posted a $5,000 bond to be released from Allen County Jail.