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Report of boy with shotgun locks down school


Big Walnut Middle School went into lockdown mode before school started Oct. 11 after Sunbury police received reports of a boy riding a bike with a shotgun in his hand about 7:24 a.m. near the intersection of Cottontail Drive and Cheshire Road.

An officer was dispatched to the area but did not locate the suspect, reports said. Soon after, a gunshot was heard from the area of Field Meadows Drive, according to reports.

The officer then requested Big Walnut Middle School enter lockdown mode. A perimeter was established and the entrances blocked so no one could enter or exit the school. Elementary school buses bringing students to school were diverted to Big Walnut High School.

Officers used a K-9 team to search the nearby fields and neighborhood, and began aerial surveillance with the help of the Ohio State Highway Patrol.

A bicycle was located outside of a house on Fairland Drive, and officers spoke with the residents inside. Detectives believe a juvenile resident was the boy they were looking for, but they did not find a weapon on him, at his residence or anywhere nearby, according to reports.

The school day went forward as usual, but officers were present inside all Big Walnut schools for the rest of the day, reports said.

A Sunbury resident reported two handguns were stolen between May 5 and Oct. 14 from her residence in the 500 block of Chipmunk Lane.

The victim said they were taken from an upstairs bedroom and added contract workers recently had access to the room while replacing windows.


A man reported his former girlfriend stole his dentures and several articles of clothing at 10:20 p.m. Oct. 21 from his residence in the 200 block of South Washington Street while he was at work.

Police reported two separate instances of unidentified suspects damaging fences Oct. 24.

A woman called police after she witnessed an unknown individual damaging her fence at about 5:10 p.m. Oct. 24 behind her residence in the 200 block of Richards Drive.

Another resident called police to report that unknown juveniles had set fire to a wooden fence at 5:45 p.m. Oct. 24 at his residence in the 100 block of Alameda Way.

A bicycle worth $4,000 was stolen between 9 p.m. Oct. 21 and 4 p.m. Oct. 22 from outside a residence in the first block of East Lincoln Avenue, police said.

An unknown person set fire to a trash container between 5:30 and 7:30 a.m. Oct. 20 behind a business in the 100 block of South Sandusky Street, police said.

A burglary took place between 8 a.m. and 5:15 p.m. Oct. 23 at a residence in the 100 block of Rheem Street, reports said.

A resident said someone broke into his house in the 200 block of South Sandusky Street and stole property between 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Oct. 24.

Stolen items include a video-game console with controllers and one game.

A street sign for Grand Circuit Boulevard and LaChance Court was noticed to be missing by police at about midnight Oct. 22 at the intersection of the two roads. It is believed stolen, reports said.

A Delaware man reported someone damaged his vehicle around 1:30 p.m. Oct. 24 while it was parked near the first block of Wootring Street.