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N.R. police search for suspects; Liberty School on lockdown


NORTH RIDGEVILLE – Liberty Elementary School was placed on lockdown status this morning after school officials while police searched for burglary suspects in the vicinity of the school.

North Ridgeville Schools’ Superintendent Larry Brown confirmed the building was initially placed on a full lockdown status.

“They gave us the information and we made the decision,'' Brown said about 12:30 p.m. today.

The lockdown order was modified later in the morning, Brown said “to keep kids inside the building.''

Police were unavailable to comment on the situation.

``We had a similar situation that happened in February and we’re taking the same actions just to be safe,'' Brown said.

In that earlier incident, the school was kept in the lockdown for about 45 minutes after police reported a man entered a home where a resident was hiding. The suspect left before police arrived.

The home was located in a development near the school’s playground.

Police issued a notice last week warning residents of an unusually high number of burglaries in neighborhoods including Homestead Vineyards, a housing development located off Jaycox Road, the road where Liberty Elementary is located.

Police notified residents to be alert to a high number of home burglaries occurring during daytime and nighttime hours.

Burglaries were also reported in the Clear Creek and Cambridge Drives area, police said.

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