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Imposter tries to sabotage Salem Super Cruise event

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SALEM TOWNSHIP, Ohio - The Super Cruise Event in Salem will go forward as planned, in spite of someone's efforts to stop it.

City officials say someone has been calling the companies hired to service the event, telling them that the event has been canceled.

Businesses providing garbage service, tents and porto-johns have received the bogus calls according to the city.

"It really is unfortunate if someone had looked online and had planned on coming to Salem and they're not now," said Mayor John Berlin.

 21 News checked with the mayor's office when a similar call came into our newsroom.

The caller claimed to be Salem Service Director Ken Kenst, saying that he was canceling Thursday's events because of the weather. 

"I said, can I just see something official, can you send me an email so I can verify it. Then we will get it out there as quickly as we can," explained WFMJ Assignment Manager J Breen Mitchell. "He became belligerent with me started using profanity and said he would try to get me an email later."

The person followed up with a poorly written email that was full of grammatical errors. In the email Kenst's name was misspelled "Keinst."

The real Ken Kenst tells 21 News that he is aware of three or four similar attempts. Kenst says he has asked police to investigate. 

"Whether it's a hoax or whether they really don't like the cruise I don't know but we've had about four instances they've reported it's been canceled," said Kenst.

The Mayor says the hoaxer also called Arby's claiming to be a police officer trying to get them to cancel their car show event.

"So now they've kind of transcended from just pranking people into believing it was just closed into impersonating a police officer," said Mayor Berlin. "So out detectives will be involved in trying to find out for sure who, they may face charges that are a little more severe."

So what would motivate a person to do this?

21 News has also learned that the imposter has created a Twitter account announcing the cancellation.

One clue might be found in a post made on the fake twitter account. The tweet claims, the the group running the show are "imposters" and the city still owes the original 37 members who ran the show money.

"No one has come to city hall and asked us for anything in regards to what happened in the past so I'm not aware of it, my City Service Director isn't aware of it. So it's part of the hoax," said Mayor Berlin.

The mayor's office says that everything will go forward as scheduled. The event runs through Sunday.

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