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Fairfield schools placed on brief lockdown due to suspicious activity

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — The Fairfield Community School District and other schools in the area were placed on a brief lockdown Friday due to a report of suspicious activity. Around 12:40 p.m. Friday, the Fairfield Police Department received a report of a suspicious person with a handgun near Pence Elementary School.
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Students safe after Iowa school goes on lockdown Friday

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KCRG) — Students at Fairfield Community Schools are safe after the schools went into lockdown Friday. KCRG reports that at about 1:30 p.m., Fairfield Schools announced that all Fairfield Community Schools were placed under a Level 2 lockdown in a message on their Facebook page. Jefferson County...
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Armed Man Reported Near Fairfield School

A lockdown order was issued for the entire Fairfield School District after dispatch received a call reporting an armed male on the grounds of Pence Elementary School. The Jefferson County Attorney’s Office states Jefferson County Dispatch Center received the call at about 12:40 p.m. Friday, and the lockdown was subsequently issued for all school buildings as well as the Maharishi School. The Fairfield Police Department responded to Pence Elementary in less than three minutes and secured the school. A search was made for a man matching the description with the assistance of a Jefferson County Sheriff’s K9 officer. No parties matching the description of the suspect were immediately located. The school lockdowns were lifted at approximately 1:45 p.m., permitting the release of students. Following the clearing of the emergency response, law enforcement efforts shifted to a criminal investigation of possible brandishing of a firearm on school grounds. The investigation is ongoing. Additional agencies who responded were the Jefferson, Van Buren, Davis, Wapello, Henry, and Washington county sheriff’s offices, special agents from the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Iowa State Patrol troopers, Iowa Department of Natural Resources conservation officers, Iowa Department of Transportation officers, Fairfield Fire Department, Care Ambulance, and Jefferson County Emergency Management Agency. KCII will bring you more information as it becomes official.

Fairfield schools placed on lockdown due to possible armed man on campus

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — The Fairfield Community School District placed all of its buildings under lockdown on the last day of school after a man with a gun was possibly seen on one of its campuses. The Fairfield Police Department posted that an “armed man” was possibly spotted at Pence Elementary School around 12:45 p.m. Friday. […]

Fairfield schools placed on lockdown Friday due to ‘dangerous activity’ report

FAIRFIELD, Iowa — Fairfield Community School District placed its buildings under “Level 2 lock down” on Friday, according to a social media post, after a “dangerous situation” was reported near Pence Elementary School. The first Facebook post at 1:31 pm on Friday announced the lock down: ATTENTION….All FCSD buildings are currently under a Level 2 […]

Ottumwa Community School District unveils new name for learning center

OTTUMWA, Iowa — The Ottumwa Community School District has made progress in the construction of a new learning center. The school of choice's name was revealed in the district's school board meeting, on May 23. The learning center will now be known as the 'Gateway Center'. This project is...

The dangers of being left in a hot car on a summer day

Kirksville, MO and Ottumwa, IA — As the temperatures rise in the summer months, it’s important to remember the danger that can cause to someone left inside a vehicle in the summer sun. Since 1998, over 900 children have died from heat related issues after being left unattended...

State open to changing venue for Fairfield teen accused of killing teacher

FAIRFIELD, Iowa (KCRG) - The State of Iowa has responded to Willard Noble Chaiden Miller’s motion to change the venue of the trial out of Jefferson County. In a response that was filed Thursday afternoon, State attorneys held the position that a fair and impartial jury could not be selected in Jefferson County given the nature of the crimes. The State requested that the Court find a county with similar demographics as Jefferson County, with a courthouse that is “easily accessible and not congested during the time frame scheduled for trial.