North Tonawanda City Hall Closed After Man Brings Weapons, Explosive

North Carolina man now facing charges

Brian Mazurowski
June 26, 2019 - 5:18 am

North Tonawanda, NY (WBEN) - A North Carolina man is facing charges after bringing an apparent explosive device, loaded guns, and nearly 400 rounds of ammunition to North Tonawanda's City Hall yesterday 

North Tonawanda police said that 36 year old Timothy Payne, who has ties to the area, is charged with criminal possession of a weapon, and could face further charges as their investigation continues. Payne is currently undergoing a medical evaluation.

Authorities in North Tonawanda were alerted to Payne by State Police, who sent a warning that he may be armed and in the area. That warning described his vehicle, which was located at the entrance to city hall around 3:30 Tuesday afternoon. Police say that Payne had 400 rounds of ammunition, a loaded pistol, and two loaded military style rifles. It is still being determined if the explosive device was capable of being detonated. 

The Erie County Bomb Squad assisted in clearing the vehicle. The incident caused the closure of North Tonawanda City Hall, which meant the primary polling place there had to be closed and moved. 

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