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'Vague threat' led to Saratoga Hospital lockdown Sunday

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— Saratoga Hospital was locked down for a time Sunday morning after learning of a threat that turned out to be unsubstantiated, city police said today.

Police said they responded to the hospital on Church Street about 9:57 a.m. Sunday "for what at the time was being considered suspicious activity."

Police said Saratoga Hospital officials had received second-hand information regarding a "vague threat" toward the hospital, and decided to go into lockdown and alert police.

Based on interviews with hospital staff, police said the threat was alleged to have been made by an individual in Connecticut. Law enforcement in Connecticut was contacted, and police there interviewed the subject in question.

"The threats were determined to be unfounded," police said in a statement. "The hospital did go into a brief lockdown until the appropriate determination on the threat level was substantiated."

In a brief statement, hospital officials said: "We received second-hand information regarding a vague threat toward the hospital. In response, we enacted standard policies aimed at heightening the security to safeguard our patients, visitors and staff. We notified and worked with local authorities and were at the heightened level for less than two hours."



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