Man charged with threatening Kansas City-area synagogue

By JTA
June 25, 2016 08:49

 
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A Kansas City man has been charged with threatening a synagogue in suburban Overland Park.

According to the Kansas City Star, prosecutors accused Brian Wachter, 40, of making an unspecified threat on May 31 against Congregation Beth Shalom. A Conservative synagogue, Beth Shalom has roots dating back to 1878, according to its website.

It was not clear whether Wachter’s arrest was related to a security threat to the Kansas City Jewish community reported earlier this month. The head of the local Jewish federation issued a statement on June 14 saying that Jewish agencies had become aware that morning “of a potential threat to the broader Kansas City Jewish community.”

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