WARWICK, R.I. — The Buttonwoods Community Center has closed along with three Comprehensive Community Action Plan (CCAP) youth GED/job training sites in Cranston, Providence and Pawtucket following an automated call to an employee that one of the organization’s offices would be bombed Tuesday.
“I have been in contact with Colonel McCartney, and the Warwick Police Department is working to find the source of the threat. Both of the employees from the Buttonwoods Community Center have been moved to Pilgrim Senior Center while the investigation continues. I have also been in contact with Mayor Fung, who has confirmed that the Cranston Police Department is also investigating the threat,” Mayor Scott Avedisian said in a statement to press Tuesday morning.
The threat came in at midnight on an agency cell phone of an employee who works at one of the organization’s four youth GED and job training programs, said Joanne McGunagle, CEO of CCAP. That program has offices at the Buttonwoods Center in Warwick at 3027 West Shore Road, and also operates out of Cranston at the Cranston Skills Center, 656 Park Avenue, the Providence Skills Center at Providence Place Mall, and the Pawtucket Skills Center at 171 Main St. in Pawtucket.
CCAP has 10 offices state-wide, including child care centers, health centers and administration buildings.
“We called the police departments in all of those cities and towns,” McGunagle said, and locked down all of their buildings from 8:30 a.m. until 10:30 a.m., when officers had cleared the buildings of any threat.
“My understanding is everything is safe and secure,” McGunagle said.
All but the four sites housing the youth GED and job training programs mentioned in the threat have been re-opened, she said.