Clown sightings affecting San Antonio's working clowns

A Victoria Police spokeswoman could not give details on where the clowns had been sighted in Melbourne.

"It is custom-made to go viral", Benjamin Radford, who wrote the book "Bad Clowns", told CNN.

The officer caught up the suspect, 20-year-old man whose identity has not been released, and allegedly found a clown mask and a gun in his possession.

Various Stateline Police departments say they're also dealing with clown sightings.

"So far there have been no reports of confirmed clown sightings in the City of Hammond and at this time the information appears to be exclusively based on Facebook", Hoyda said.

Professional clowns are getting fed up with the recent reports of frightening incidents across the USA that has put many communities on high alert and tarnished the image of the performers.

The damage, she says, is so bad that Ray and several other clowns came to the Fort Worth Police Department to record a public service announcement on Wednesday.

Central Bucks Regional police said in a Facebook post that the threat doesn't appear to be credible. He said that real clowns have become a victim of social media in its darkest form.

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Whittier Police Lt. Steve Dean said police in that city have gotten no reports of clowns.

"Unless there's some kind of criminal violation (and no, there's no "clowning without a license" ordnance that I know of), we will not be taking any kind of enforcement action past trespassing if a property owner wanted them removed", said Detective Robert Onishi.

The phenomenon of people dressed up in scary clown costumes and showing up in the woods, near schools or on roads has made national headlines.

In Roselle Park, New Jersey, the police department has asked parents to refrain from dressing their children in clown costumes this Halloween.

The Salina Police Department has received reports of "creepy clown" sightings, threats through the use of social media and vandalism.

It's an image that doesn't always sit well with a lot of people: clowns.

Police say the students gathered in various locations in downtown State College and on campus. They should also be discouraged from and made aware of the seriousness of posting any type of internet post that could be construed as a threat.

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