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Teen Taken Into Custody

November 4, 2011

ST. MARYS — A 15-year-old male was taken into custody Friday morning after allegedly making threats involving a firearm.

Auglaize County Sheriff Al Solomon told The Evening Leader deputies took the teen into custody following a two-hour search for him. Deputies arrived at a residence along Glynwood Road after receiving a phone call at 7 a.m. indicating the boy told his mother he was going to harm himself or her with a handgun.

"He left the house, reportedly with a handgun," Solomon said. "A perimeter was set up and contact was made with the family to make sure they were OK."

The county's special response team was called in to help clear outbuildings. While clearing the buildings, Solomon said the boy was taken into custody without incident. Solomon declined comment as to if the boy had a weapon on him at the time of his apprehension. He also noted the incident remains under investigation.

"The schools were not placed on lockdown," Solomon said. "There was not an immediate threat made toward the schools. The information we had was that he left on foot and had no transportation from the residence."

Members of the St. Marys Police Department assisted with the perimeter. Solomon said the case is still being reviewed regarding possible charges.

St. Marys Superintendent Jerry Skiver told The Evening Leader the school was made aware of a situation that "could potentially be dangerous to the school." He declined further comment on the matter. He noted the school was on controlled access for approximately 30 minutes.
— Staff Writer Angie Klosterman contributed to this story.

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