Sunday, May 28 , 2017, 6:09 am | Fair 51º

 
 
 
 

Local News

Report of Juveniles With Rifle Locks Down Junior High

A Santa Maria junior high school was on lockdown for 30 minutes Monday after a passerby reported that a group of juveniles were walking with a gun nearby, according to the Santa Maria Police Department.

Fesler Junior High was put on lockdown at 8:40 a.m. after police received a tip that a group of juveniles were possibly walking with a rifle in the area, police Lt. Kim Graham said.

An earlier report from police stated a man was seen with a rifle.

Officers were dispatched to the scene, but no gun-wielding juvenile was found.

Teachers were allowed to unlock their doors when the warning was lifted 30 minutes later, after police got back in touch with the caller and found that the alleged suspect was not seen in the area of Fesler at all, Graham said.

The caller recounted that the juveniles had been seen in the area of Main Street and Bradley Road, according to police.

“We weren’t able to really substantiate what the person said,” Graham said, noting that police did not find anyone walking around or near the school with a gun.

Noozhawk staff writer Gina Potthoff can be reached at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Follow Noozhawk on Twitter: @noozhawk, @NoozhawkNews and @NoozhawkBiz. Connect with Noozhawk on Facebook.

  • Ask
  • Vote
  • Investigate
  • Answer

Noozhawk Asks: What’s Your Question?

Welcome to Noozhawk Asks, a new feature in which you ask the questions, you help decide what Noozhawk investigates, and you work with us to find the answers.

Here’s how it works: You share your questions with us in the nearby box. In some cases, we may work with you to find the answers. In others, we may ask you to vote on your top choices to help us narrow the scope. And we’ll be regularly asking you for your feedback on a specific issue or topic.

We also expect to work together with the reader who asked the winning questions to find the answer together. Noozhawk’s objective is to come at questions from a place of curiosity and openness, and we believe a transparent collaboration is the key to achieve it.

The results of our investigation will be published here in this Noozhawk Asks section. Once or twice a month, we plan to do a review of what was asked and answered.

Thanks for asking!

Click here to get started >

Support Noozhawk Today

You are an important ally in our mission to deliver clear, objective, high-quality professional news reporting for Santa Barbara, Goleta and the rest of Santa Barbara County. Join the Hawks Club today to help keep Noozhawk soaring.

We offer four membership levels: $5 a month, $10 a month, $25 a month or $1 a week. Payments can be made through PayPal below, or click here for information on recurring credit-card payments.

Thank you for your vital support.



Daily Noozhawk

Subscribe to Noozhawk's A.M. Report, our free e-Bulletin sent out every day at 4:15 a.m. with Noozhawk's top stories, hand-picked by the editors.

Sign Up Now >