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   A suspect is now in custody in connection with threats made Thursday caused officials to place two Granite City schools on lock down.  
   Police say around 3:24 p.m. they received information that a suspect had made a specific threat to the Coolidge Middle School. Officers met with school officials and placed the school on a lockdown.  Granite City High School was also placed on lockdown as a precaution.
   Once investigators determined that the call wasn't in the vicinity of the schools, the lockdowns were lifted and students were allowed to go home.
   Assistant Granite City Police Chief Major Jeff Connor says a 55 year old man was tracked to a local bar where he was arrested without incident.
   The case will be presented to the Madison County States Attorney Friday for possible charges.
 
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Sunday, 15 September 2013 09:52

Man charged with threatening class reunion

ST. LOUIS (AP) — A St. Louis County man has been charged with threatening violence at his 10-year high school reunion.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that 28-year-old Andrew Middleton was charged Friday with making a terroristic threat. Bail was set at $25,000 cash. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Middleton is accused of posting several threatening status updates to his Facebook page and a Facebook page created to promote the reunion. Court documents say the reunion had been scheduled for Saturday night but was canceled because of the threats.

Middleton allowed police to search his apartment, and officers found five loaded firearms, a variety of ammunition and a 12-inch knife. Middleton said he was drunk and wrote the comments only "to get a rise out of people."

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ASHLAND, Mo. (AP) - Police in central Missouri say a teenager shot and killed himself as he was being taken into custody for allegedly sending a text threatening school violence.

The shooting happened around 2 a.m. Tuesday near Ashland. The name of the 17-year-old student has not been released.

Boone County Maj. Tom Reddin says the teen sent a text to another student Monday night saying something dramatic was going to happen at school Tuesday, something that would include loss of life.

The family of the teen who received the text contacted police. Reddin says that as officers went to take in the teen who sent the message, he asked to get dressed.

Reddin says that's when the teen went into the home, retrieved a handgun and shot himself in the chest.

 

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A threatening tweet is the reason behind a lockdown at a community college campus Wednesday.

Around 2:15 PM, school officials sent an email to students at the St. Louis Community College’s Meramec campus that said a student made a threat on twitter. The message expressed frustration over the financial aid process. The student turned herself in to the Kirkwood police.

Charges are pending against the student. The financial aid office reopened, but with an increased police presence.

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West Nile has remained out of the public discussion for much of the summer. Health officials tell KTRS News, the threat is not over.

"I'm happy that we're half way into August and--knock on wood--we haven't had any person get sick with West Nile Virus," says Drew Hane, manager of Vector Control in St. Louis County.

He says that despite below average temperatures it is still plenty warm for the mosquito population to grow. The increase in precipitation from this year compared to last has caused the mosquito population to explode. This presents a unique problem, "If it was 4% of mosquitoes last year and we've got twice as much population and it's still 4%, you're now twice as likely to run into those 4% of mosquitoes because there are so many out there."

Hane says the best protection is still an insect repellent with deet or picaridin.

 

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Several schools just north of Alton, Illinois were placed on lockdown today.

Officials with the Southwestern Community School District #9 sent a letter to parents last night telling them that they discovered a possible threat to students. There was an increased police presence at several schools and backpacks, large bags, and coats were not allowed on the campuses today.

Schools that saw heightened security included Southwestern Middle School, Southwestern High School, Brighton North Elementary, Brighton West Elementary, Medora Elementary and Shipman Elementary.

 

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   A Kirkwood middle school student will answer to the juvenile courts after allegedly threatening gun violence at Nipher Middle School Wednesday.  

   Kirkwood police say the student had made threats against two classmates and the school in general while speaking with two acquaintances.  They alerted school officials of the threats.  

   The student was taken into custody.  

   Police say there is no indication that the student had tried to act on the threats. And student's family told police that the child doesn't have access to guns.

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EDWARDSVILLE, Ill. (AP) — An attorney for a Southern Illinois University student released from prison says his client hopes to resume his education.

Olutosin Oduwole was convicted of threatening a violent rampage but an appeals court threw out the conviction last week. The aspiring rapper was freed on Monday.
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