Two Lockdowns In New Richland 03 Oct 13

The high school in New Richland was locked down for the second day in a row Wednesday after a threatening message was found. This came after the New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva Secondary School went through a hard lockdown for about an hour-and-a-half on Tuesday while police searched the area for a wanted felon. That incident started at around 1:30 Tuesday afternoon when police pulled over a vehicle just south of New Richland and the driver took off on foot into a cornfield. The ensuing search failed to turn up the suspect, and he is believed to have stolen a black 2004 Honda Pilot before leaving the area. On Wednesday the school was locked down again at around 11:30am after a threatening message was found. That lockdown lasted about 2 hours while the building was searched and it was determined there was no threat to students. Police officers will reportedly be present at the school throughout the day today (THU) as a precaution.