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CHESTER, Ill. (AP) - A spokesman for the Illinois Department of Corrections says the lockdown at Illinois' largest maximum security prison will remain in effect through this week.
 
   Tom Shaer says Monday that the lockdown at Menard Correctional Center southeast of St. Louis won't be lifted until an investigation is finished. The lockdown started on Friday following the discovery of a cache of crude weapons and homemade alcohol.
 
   Specifically officials found more than a dozen weapons along with gallons of homemade alcohol and juice and sugar used to make liquor.
   Officials have said IDOC is working to determine how the inmates managed to hoard the items.
 
   Authorities say there is no indication any weapons have been used recently at the prison or that inmates were drinking homemade liquor.
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   Authorities in Roxana, Illinois are trying to determine what, if any charges will be filed after an apparent April Fool's Day prank prompted lockdowns at Roxana Junior and Senior High School Tuesday afternoon.  
   Roxana Police Chief Will Cunningham says a middle school student sent a text message to a parent saying shots had been fired at the high school.  That student's mother called police.  
   Ten agencies responded in a matter of minutes and the campus was locked down.  The student who sent the message was located and confirmed that no shots had been fired.  
   Chief Cunningham called it a very serious incident. "This is something that all local responders and school districts train for," he said.  He called the prank "a very serious mistake."
   Cunningham says he'll discuss possible charges with the Madison County State's Attorney.  
   District Superintendent Debra Kreutztrager promised to work with law enforcement to determine what school consequences might be enforced. She praised the police who responded and her staff for following all the district procedures for an intruder on campus.
 
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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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   KSDK-TV led its 10 p.m. newscast Sunday night with an apology for the station's role in a lockdown at Kirkwood High School last week.  

   News Anchor Mike Bush said the station hadn't intended to scare students, teachers or parents when it sent a reporter to the school for an investigative piece on school security.  When school personnel lost track of the reporter, they called his cell phone and learned he worked for KSDK, but they were unable to verify that he had been on assignment at the school.  That's when they locked down the building as a precaution.

   Bush went on to say that it doesn't matter what the station's intentions were, their actions "caused undue stress and fear."  

   Bush says KSDK General Manager (Lynn Beall) met with the Kirkwood Superintendent to apologize in person.  

   Bush says the Channel 5 news team spent the weekend evaluating what happened and what they could be doing differently.  He says they've "already begun implementing changes to make sure nothing like this happens again."

 

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Friday, 17 January 2014 14:38

Lockdown lifted at Hillsboro High School

The lockdown at Hillsboro High School is over. Sometime before 10 AM school officials say someone found a loose bullet in the building. The school was placed on lockdown, but officials said it was only as a precaution. During the lockdown, authorities performed a search of the school, but never discovered a weapon. The lockdown was lifted after 1 PM.

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There was a brief lockdown at Vashon High School today after a fight.

St. Louis City Police were called to the school after there were several fights between female students. Administrators place the school on lock-down and restricted movement between classes to restore order.

Fox 2 reports that nine students are facing charges. The lockdown has been lifted. 

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The search continues for three home invasion suspects.

Around 11 AM, four suspects attempted to rob a woman and her mother at their Olivette home. Neighbors heard the homeowner screaming and called police. Three of the suspects drove off and a fourth tried to run away. While officers searched for the suspects, the nearby Old Bonhomme Elementary school was placed on lockdown. Officials say it was only a precaution.

Officers caught one suspect and the lockdown was lifted. The remaining three suspects are on the loose.

 

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WASHINGTON (AP) - The District of Columbia's police chief says the suspect who led police on a chase from the White House to the Capitol is dead.

 

   Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier told reporters Thursday evening that shots were fired in two locations. Near the Capitol, police killed the woman driving the black Infiniti with a young child inside. She said the child, who is about a year old, is in good condition and in protective custody.

 

   U.S. Capitol Police Chief Kim Dine said the incident is believed to be an isolated act unrelated to terrorism.

 

   Tourists watched the shooting unfold on Constitution Avenue outside the Capitol as lawmakers inside debated how to end a government shutdown. Police quickly locked down the entire complex temporarily, and both houses of Congress went into recess.

 
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A lockdown of schools in St. Charles County has been lifted.

Police say a man confronted an employee at Francis Howell High School and threatened to kill himself. A school resource officer removed the man from the building. That is when officers say the man tried to force his way into Francis Howell Middle School. Police were called and the men led officers on brief chase.

The suspect was arrested in the Chesterfield area. Police say no students were in danger and lockdown was soon lifted. A total of four schools were placed on lockdown.

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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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