Cops probe threatening letter in Chesterfield
A poison-pen letter to residents of a Chesterfield Township neighborhood might be something to write home about.
Investigators are looking into who sent some residents of Dove Lane a letter that threatens to make their "lives miserable for days and months to come" if they light fireworks at night.
Dove Lane is a side street located near Gratiot Avenue and Cotton Road.
Chesterfield Township police Det. Sgt. Deron Myers said it's not clear who authored the letter and there are no suspects at this time.
In the letter, the writer said he or she works a 4 a.m.-2 p.m. shift and fireworks wouldn't let them sleep last year. This year, the letter said, the writer is determined to avoid a repeat and threatened to lash out at anyone who shoots off fireworks after 9 p.m.
A copy of the letter was posted on a public Facebook page for Chesterfield Township residents.
"I will take my frustrations out on the whole Dove Lane block, and I'll keep the retaliations lasting forever," the letter read. "You don't know when I'll retaliate, but it WILL happen, and it will happen over and over again. NOTHING will be ruled out in regards to how I retaliate."
The author goes on to urge residents to not have fireworks parties or launch fireworks this year.
"...if I hear ONE explosion after 9 PM, ANY DAY THIS WEEK — I will make your lives on Dove Lane insanely miserable. Again, ANY NIGHT THIS WEEK — Sunday night through Thursday night, and s--- will hit the fan."
The writer also said the threat extends to neighbors on nearby streets.
"If THEY blow off fireworks as well, I'll take it out on you guys too, just for the fun of it," the letter said. "Nothing of yours will be considered safe."
Meanwhile, the police department Sunday posted a reminder about the township's ordinances regarding fireworks on its Facebook page and included a link to an online copy.
The discharge of fireworks is only permitted the day before a national holiday, the day of, and the day after a holiday. They are also not to be used between midnight and 8 a.m. on those days.