Law Enforcement officials give 'all clear,' schools no longer in lock down
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 3:50 AM
Local law enforcement officials are giving the "all clear" after schools were "locked down" in Calmar and Ossian for most of the day Tuesday.
The South Winneshiek Elementary/Middle School and De Sales School in Ossian and the South Winneshiek High School and CFS School in Calmar were in "lock-down" status after a weapon was reportedly fired in Ossian at about 7:30 a.m., according to Superintendent Chris Hoover.
"Police are searching for a suspect with a weapon," Hoover said Tuesday morning.
For the general safety of students and staff, lock-down procedures were followed, he reported.
Since school officials were alerted before the start of the school day, buses in the process of transporting students to school went to their designated "crisis areas" instead of the schools, Hoover said.
The Winneshiek County Sheriff's Department issued a warning that deputies were looking for two subjects in the southeast Ossian/Castalia area.
The subjects were wanted for an outstanding arrest warrant and were considered armed and dangerous. Law enforcement officials would not comment on whether they had been taking into custody. A spokesperson said the Iowa State Patrol would be issuing an official statement.