Lockdown over at Sugar City Schools, man detained after allegedly making hostage threats


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UPDATE 2:10 P.M.

The following is an update from the Madison County Sheriff’s Office:

On April 20 at approximately 11:40 a.m., the Madison County Sheriff’s Office received a call from a male subject stating his name and a specific address in Sugar City wherein the male reportedly had three hostages at gunpoint as well as a bomb.

Madison County deputies were able to cordon off the area as well as notify the schools to have them shelter in place.

By 12:30 p.m., we were able to verify that the owner of the address given was safe and that there were no other parties or explosives in the residence.

With the assistance of Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Rexburg Police Department, Idaho Falls Police Department, Regional Bomb Squad and Idaho State Police, we were able to verify there is no active threat.

All the schools in the area have been notified and advised to clear from lockdown. More information will be released at a later time pending further investigation.


SUGAR CITY — A lockdown at Sugar-Salem schools has been lifted and a man has been detained, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office.

Central Elementary, Kershaw Intermediate, Sugar-Salem Junior High, Sugar-Salem High School and Valley View Alternative were placed on lockdown shortly before noon Thursday.

Madison County Sheriff’s Office Lt. Dave Stoddard said a man contacted the sheriff’s office and said he was holding three family members hostage and had a bomb.

Investigators immediately responded to the home where the man said he was. Because it was located near Sugar-Salem High and Central Elementary, a lockdown was initiated.

Parents received emergency notifications and people living in the area were asked to stay inside.

Deputies discovered the man was not at the home or even in Sugar City, according to Stoddard. He has been located and detained. Officials have not released his name.

School business has returned to normal and deputies continue to investigate the situation.

More information will be posted when we receive it.

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