January 29, 2020

Area responding to multiple threats Sept. 6


The area is responding to multiple threats throughout the county and surrounding areas. We are posting updates as they become available. The latest updates will be posted at the top.

12:51: Lt. Kaiser said police utilized a local department's drone to catch the suspect, as well as MSP canine teams and the MSP emergency support team, or SWAT team. The suspect had fled on foot into a cornfield at M-61 and Lincoln.

12:18: MSP Lt. Dave Kaiser confirmed the suspect was taken into custody at approximately 12:15. More details to come.

11:30: According to MSP Lt. Dave Kaiser, bomb threats were made to schools, hospitals and local businesses over five counties, including Iosco, Arenac, Ogemaw, Crawford and Roscommon.

"As officers were responding to the bomb threats to make sure the scene was safe, a short time later the Mercantile Bank in Rose City was robbed. We posted a picture of the suspect vehicle, a black pickup truck, on MSP Bay Region Twitter. Troopers located that vehicle on M-61 near Worth Road, and utlilized a precision immobilization technique (PIT) to stop the vehicle. The suspect fled on foot and is currently at large in the area. Officers from many local agencies have set up a perimeter and are searching for the suspect."

He said the department does not have the evidence to support a connection yet.

11:09: Arenac County Undersheriff Don McIntyre confirmed that there was a bomb threat made to the Standish hospital. He said while the threat at the hospital was being investigated, in conjunction with other threats in the surrounding counties, the local schools were placed on a soft lockdown as a precaution. There were no threats found at the school. The students are safe and the soft lockdown was lifted around 10:45 a.m., and the school day will continue as normal.

10:49: Ogemaw County Sheriff Howie Hanft has confirmed that there has been a robbery in Rose City. We are working to get further official information.

The children of Surline have all now been reunited with their families, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Bowers. "That was our primary focus from the very beginning, getting our children in a safe place and reuniting them with their families," he said. The entire WB-RC school system went into some form of lockdown. Charlton Heston has been reuniting children with families.

10:39: The Independent has made several attempts to contact Standish-Sterling schools without response.

10:24: Au Gres-Sims School district was in a soft lockdown in relation to security threats that happened outside the immediate area, according to Superintendent Jeffrey Collier.

It was cleared at 10 a.m.

“We’re in coordination with our local law enforcement agencies and our school campus is safe,” he said.

10:16: According to Mio AuSable Superintendent Paul Ciske, the school went into lockdown this morning after schools and hospitals in the area received threats. Sheriff deputies arrived, checked the perimeter. "We felt confident the kids were safe," he said. The school is no longer under lockdown though kids will not be released outside for recess. Ciske said the procedures of a soft lockdown are what the school typically does anyway.

10:06: MSP Sgt. Douglas Gough confirmed that the Standish, Grayling and Gaylord hospitals have received threats. A canine bomb unit is to be utilized at Surline.

9:54: Whittemore-Prescott Superintendent Joe Perrera said the school is in soft lockdown as of about a half-hour ago, "simply as a precaution." "We have not had any threat whatsoever, business as usual," he said.

***Update: MidMichigan Medical Center - West Branch and MidMichigan campuses are on soft lockdown according to Bowers. Several counties were called with bomb threats in their area.

West Branch-Rose City is reuniting children with their parents, according to Emergency Management Coordinator Michael Bowers. The children are safe. There is a bomb squad coming up from Saginaw. Charlton Heston was also evacuated. We will continue to post updates.


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