Man at BG VFW post arrested, school on lockdown PDF Print E-mail
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Saturday, 09 November 2013 08:52
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No firearm was found Friday afternoon after police were called to the VFW on South Main Street on a report of a man supposedly carrying a gun.
Maj. Tony Hetrick of the Bowling Green Police Division said they received a 911 call around 11:43 p.m. from the mother of a bartender working at the VFW. The bartender, in a communication with her mother, had indicated that her estranged husband, identified as Matthew A. Smith, 26, Custar, had come to the VFW and was behaving in a "threatening manner."
Smith was reported to have a concealed-carry permit, and police were told by the caller that she believed he had a gun on his person.
"We responded as if it was a potential hostage situation," said Hetrick, saying that the area was cordoned off and area roadways were shut down.
Police notified nearby Kenwood Elementary School, PNC Bank and Rite Aid of the incident.
"We told Kenwood School that we recommended an exterior threat lockdown," said Hetrick.
Once police were set up in the area, Smith was called out of the building and "peaceably surrendered" around 12:10 p.m.
No firearm was found on Smith's person. The Wood County Special Response Team was called in and searched the building, and found no weapon there.
Smith was arrested on one count of aggravated menacing.
It is still being looked into whether or not he made threats during the incident. No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation.
South Main Street was closed for an extended period of time between Sand Ridge Road and Napoleon Road, and traffic was diverted until about 1:10 p.m.
An email sent out to parents from Todd Cramer, executive director of BG City Schools, stated that "Kenwood remained in lockdown until approximately 12:20 p.m. when we were notified by the BG Police Department that there was no longer concern in the area. We would like to thank the BG Police Department for their communication regarding this situation and for ensuring the safety of our students and staff."
"I was so proud of our students and staff (to get) on lockdown so quickly. And I was also impressed by the BG Police Department," said Kenwood Principal Kathleen Daney.
"They were very good," she added. "They stayed here with us."
 

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