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Oakes school locked down, man arrested in separate incident

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news Jamestown, 58401
Jamestown North Dakota 121 3rd St NW 58401

Oakes Public School was locked down for more than an hour Wednesday after a person who is considered a “security risk” walked within one block of the school, according to Oakes Police Chief Mark Roberts

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Roberts said Dale Smith Jr., 38, Oakes, was seen near the school Wednesday around 10:15 a.m. A warrant was out for Smith’s arrest for allegedly violating conditions of a bond from a previous charge. Roberts said Smith had allegedly made threats against the school in the past.

“The lockdown was a strictly cautionary measure taken by the school,” Roberts said. The school was locked down from around 10:20 to 11:30 a.m.

Roberts said Smith was arrested on the warrant and is lodged in the Barnes County Correctional Facility.

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