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State Senator Concerned After Online Threat

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) - Law enforcement authorities are trying to determine the source of an online threat made against state Sen. Robert F. Hagan.

Hagan, D-Youngstown, said Monday he received the threat Wednesday night in an instant message through a cable system. He said the anonymous sender threatened to bomb his home.

Hagan said he notified America Online and called the FBI. He has also discussed the incident with the Youngstown Police Department and the State Highway Patrol.

"I'm concerned about the safety of my family," Hagan said.

"This is an ongoing investigation," said Lt. Brian Girts of the patrol. The origin of the message was undetermined Monday.

Patrol Sgt. Rick Baron said the sender could face an aggravated menacing charge.

Hagan said he's more wary of receiving instant messages on his computer following the threat.

"I just don't answer any instant messages anymore," he said.

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