April 2, 2014

K-9 visit yields hit, nothing else

By Suzanne Werre
BHG News

Someone trying to get into the Underwood school for awhile March 24 would have been turned away as the school underwent a lock-down to allow drug dogs (K-9s) to do a sweep of the school. A McLean County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit car sat outside the school as the dog and deputy walked through the school and searched.

The school does walk-throughs of the school building and parking lot intermittently throughout the school year, noted Sam Lincoln, a K-9 handler with the McLean County Sheriff’s Department. The department may act on a tip, may come upon a request of administration, or may just do a surprise drop-in walk-through. Most often, the time for a walk-through is arranged ahead of time with administration.

"If (the school) gets some intelligence that something’s going on, they’ll call us and request a dog," said Lincoln. Sometimes it’s just the sheriff’s department making the call to do a drug walk-through.

"We try to go to the schools a few times a school year, and it’s up to them . . . they can call us whenever they feel it’s necessary."

In this case, noted secondary principal, Lee Weisgarber, K-9 handler JR Kerzmann called the school and offered to make a walk-through that day.

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