Jefferson County schools go on short lockdown

Tammy Balmain

MERIDEN, Kan. (KSNT) – Three local schools were put on a very short lockdown Thursday morning while authorities looked for a suspect.

Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Herrig tells KSNT News they were looking for a woman around 9:30 a.m. accused of vandalizing a vehicle near all three Jefferson West schools in Meriden.

Superintendent Pat Happer said as a precaution Jefferson West Elementary, Middle and High School went on a lockdown and then a “shelter in place” which means normal activities go on inside the school but no one is allowed in or out.

Herrig said there was no threat to the students or staff.

Herrig said the suspect stole a City of Meriden truck before she was taken into custody and booked into jail. She has been identified as Tammy Balmain, 47, who was booked on charges of criminal damage to property, criminal trespass, and theft of property.

Balmain’s bond was set at $3,500.

KSNT News will update as new information becomes available.

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