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Tuesday, August 20, 2013
Roanoke police said a man making threats toward his family members led to Fallon Park Elementary School being put under a shelter-in-place status Monday morning.
Police spokesman Scott Leamon said officers were sent to the 2000 block of Fallon Avenue at 2:25 a.m. in response to threats. During the investigation, police discovered that a man had threatened family members and had access to guns.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Dale Lee Thomas, 56, of Roanoke on charges of making threats over the phone, Leamon said.
When officers returned to Fallon Avenue at midmorning to take Thomas into custody, the nearby school went into shelter-in-place status as a precaution, since children had arrived. The measure ensures that students do not leave the building. Leamon said the school system was especially careful because it was the first day of school.
At about 10:30 a.m., Leamon said, Thomas was taken into custody without incident. He was taken to Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital for evaluation and the shelter-in-place was lifted.
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