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School dismissed after precautionary lockdown

Posted August 27, 2010

— An elementary school in Siler City was shut down for nearly two hours Friday while authorities searched for a man believed to be armed and dangerous.

Beth McCullough, a spokeswoman for Chatham County Schools, said parents were notified that Silk Hope Elementary School was placed on a precautionary "Code Blue" lockdown around 1 p.m.

It was lifted in time for school to be dismissed at its regular time at 2:45 p.m., McCullough said.

A school resource officer employed by the Chatham County Sheriff's Office was on campus and in communication with law enforcement during the situation, she added.

After-school activities, however, were canceled, and bus routes for bus numbers 214 and. 12, were delayed, as well as two routes from Jordan-Matthews High School.

Debra Henzey, a spokeswoman for the Chatham County Manager's Office, said sheriff's deputies were looking for Johnny Cliffton Fogleman, 25, of 624 Bower Store Road, Pittsboro, who was taken into custody shortly after 3:30 p.m.

He had been wanted after authorities received a report that he had assaulted a family member and was seen driving a red three-wheeler and carrying a gun.

Residents in the area were also notified by the county's "Code Red" alert system, Henzey said.


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  • Kbo Aug 27, 2010

    odarkshineo- no because people pouring out of the school makes it easy for someone to start shooting and hit many. Instead they get in classrooms and lock the doors, then move away from the doors so that it would be hard to shoot them.

  • kittiboo Aug 27, 2010

    Wow, everyone on here seems to know this family. What am I missing, I wonder?

  • Weetie Aug 27, 2010

    This has already started again and school has just begun!

  • oakmont Aug 27, 2010

    Got him. I'll sleep better tonight!

  • annieoakley2 Aug 27, 2010

    same here hope4thepack, i know this family, GOOD PEOPLE, FATHER IS A WONDERFUL MAN, i grew up in Silk Hope and have known this family my whole life, known Cliff since he was little, Cliff just needs to turn himself in....boy is just going down the wrong path in life

  • hope4thepack Aug 27, 2010

    ....right on peasncarrots, i know this family and they are HONEST, HARDWORKING individuals and they deserve not to be persecuted due to the unfolding events today and let the authorities handle it. Instead of the public ridicule displayed here.

  • oakmont Aug 27, 2010

    This boy knows the local land and woods really well. He rides his three wheeler everywhere. This might be a challenge for anyone to find him.

  • jbubbacranford Aug 27, 2010

    I went to Chatham Central with Cliff and also know that he has a memorized map of all the back roads and wooded trails. He has the ability to get anywhere in Silk Hope without touching a pavement. Check the dirt road "Carolina Hill" and check his friends houses because he may run to them to hide!

  • jbubbacranford Aug 27, 2010

    I agree with the last message. I went to high school with Cliff and he is not too much on the rational thinking. He also knows every little trail and back road to get anywhere in Silk Hope by going through the woods and never hitting a road. It would be best to check Carolina Hill and sit at his house because he wouldn't have taken enough stuff with him to last longer than the night. Also checking with his friends, that he still has, would be a step in the right direction for the simple fact he may be hiding out with one of them.

  • glockhstguy Aug 27, 2010

    Another armed criminal in a gun free zone....when will these criminals learn they are suppose to obey the laws...to bad us law abiding citizens cant do anything to help I guess we will just have to wait for the police to show up and hope nothing bad happens...