Local News

School dismissed after precautionary lockdown

Posted August 27, 2010 2:19 p.m. EDT
Updated August 27, 2010 4:23 p.m. EDT

— 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.