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Pulaski County Middle School and Dublin Elementary School were put in preventative lockdowns Thursday morning.
Friday, August 30, 2013
A Pulaski man was sent to the hospital with serious injuries Thursday morning after he was stabbed in a home invasion Wednesday night.
Pulaski police said in a news release that a man claiming that his car had broken down knocked on the door of a home in the 500 block of Peppers Ferry Road at about 10 p.m. Wednesday. When the 64-year-old man who lives in the house let the man in, he was attacked.
Police said M.D. Rutherford, the resident of the home, was stabbed and assaulted. He was found Thursday morning by his brother, who went to the house after Rutherford did not answer the phone. The attack was reported at about 8:30 a.m., according to police.
According to the news release, Rutherford was taken to a Roanoke hospital with serious injuries. Carilion Roanoke Memorial Hospital spokesman Eric Earnhart said there was no information available about Rutherford's condition.
The intruder took prescription drugs from the home, the release said.
After police received the report of the stabbing, nearby Pulaski Middle School was put on prevent ive lockdown. The 500 block of Peppers Ferry Road borders the back side of the school's campus.
The lockdown was lifted at about noon Thursday. Another school in the county, Dublin Elementary School, was simultaneously put in a precautionary lockdown over a separate incident.
Pulaski County Public Schools Assistant Superintendent Gregory Brown said the central office received information that there was a domestic situation near Dublin Elementary. An individual had made threats to family members, Brown said. The lockdown at Dublin Elementary was lifted at 11:10 a.m.
During lockdowns, Brown said, Pulaski County schools attempt to continue a normal class schedule, but foot traffic in and out of the buildings is restricted.
Pulaski Middle School recently received a new school resource officer who was on the scene, and additional officers responded to both schools.
In the case of a lockdown, parents of students in the affected school are contacted. Brown said phone messages from the principals of Dublin Elementary and Pulaski Middle went out Thursday to parents.
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