Lockdown lifted at Solon High

By SUE REID

A lockdown at Solon High School was lifted this afternoon (Sept. 30) after officials determined the area was safe and no weapons were found, according to Solon officials.

The school building went into a limited educational lockdown mode Thursday, after the discovery of a bullet in a gym locker earlier that morning, according to reports.

All students and staff were safe throughout the day, Tamara Strom, communications director, said on Sept. 30.

The search was done in an abundance of caution when a bullet was found in a gym locker and a student subsequently reported a rumor regarding a gun on school grounds,” Ms. Strom said.

A search of the student backpacks, lockers and other areas of the school was completed by the Solon High School administration and Solon Police with mutual aid from additional law enforcement including area agencies with explosive detecting canines, who are trained to detect weapons, school officials said.

During the search, the students remained in their classrooms with their teachers.

“This was far from a normal school day, but absolutely necessary,” Ms. Strom said. “We will not take chances with student safety.

“Every decision made today was to assure the safety of students and staff in the building, including the timing of messages,” she continued. “We are committed to providing information to families and the community as it becomes available and, most importantly, when it is safe to do so. These decisions are made in collaboration with law enforcement.”

Around 2 p.m. officials anticipated dismissing students close to the regular end of the school day.  The lockdown went into effect as of 12:45 p.m. today.

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Geauga board names interim health commissioner, adviser

By ALEC SAPOLIN

One week after firing Health Commissioner Thomas Quade over a Facebook post, the Geauga County Board of Health on Wednesday named a temporary replacement.

During a special meeting, the board hired Dr. Jennifer Williams-Reid as the interim health commissioner and Adam Litke as a department health adviser. Both positions go into effect on Sept. 3.

Dr. Williams-Reid, 49 of Chester Township has been the medical director of Geauga Public Health. She also works for University Hospitals of Cleveland as a family practice physician in Middlefield. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Dayton in 1994, according to the UH website, and her medical school from Northeast Ohio Medical University in 1999.

Mr. Litke, 47 of Chester Township, also has been with the agency serving as its administrative consultant. Health board Chairman Richard Piraino said that Mr. Litke helped the board run the Aug. 25 meeting when residents packed the room voicing complaints about Mr. Quade.

Mr. Piraino declined to give more details noting that the board will prepare a presentation for the Sept. 22 regular meeting.

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