Schools locked down when parolee thought nearby

From staff reports

PARKERSBURG — Parkersburg High School was placed on lockdown Tuesday afternoon due to concerns an Ohio man who’d absconded from parole was in the area.

Wood County Schools Superintendent Will Hosaflook said he was informed a person from Ohio on home confinement had their ankle bracelet pinged close to the campus. The person was being tracked by GPS.

”The principal placed the campus on lockdown,” Hosaflook said. ”Police are actively searching for (the) subject with the bracelet.”

The PHS lockdown began around 2:30 p.m.

Parkersburg Police Chief Joe Martin said the lockdown was a safety measure to protect students and staff.

“A thorough seach was made of the campus to ensure the male subject was not there,” he said.

Hosaflook said PHS started dismissing students around 4 p.m.

Martin said police were later notified by state parole officials that the man may have removed his monitoring bracelet.

Nearby McKinley Elementary School was also locked down as a precaution.