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NY Mills bomb threat suspect to stand trial

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NY Mills bomb threat suspect to stand trial
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The New York Mills man accused of calling in a bomb threat that prompted the evacuation of 400 employees at Lund Boats in March will stand trial in front of a jury on Tuesday, June 7.

Chad Steven Pikula, 37, was arrested on March 10, following a bomb threat at Lund Boats in New York Mills made two days earlier. He faces two counts of making terroristic threats, both of which are felonies.

At 1:27 p.m. on March 8, Pikula allegedly called Lund Boats and said, "There is a bomb in the factory," and hung up, according to the NY Mills Police Department.

Pikula was working at the factory at the time of the incident, but was not a Lund employee. He was employed through a job agency, said Lund Spokesperson Dan Kubera.

Brunswick Corporation, which owns and operates the factory, evacuated employees shortly after the call. Bomb-sniffing dogs were called in, but their searches revealed nothing.

Normal operations at the factory resumed the next morning.