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WHEATFIELD – A Niagara Wheatfield Central School District employee has been arrested for allegedly making threats to co-workers he blamed for upcoming layoffs, authorities said.

Ronald D. Mantell, 49, of Niagara Road, was charged earlier this week with second-degree harassment, Niagara County sheriff’s deputies said. He also has been placed on paid administrative leave by the school district pending further investigation of the case, deputies said. Mantell works at the district bus garage on Saunders Settlement Road, deputies added.