Suspect’s threats over money caused school lockdown out of caution

breakingnewsGeorge (Mike) Fritch, 61 of Cambridge, was arrested without incident by Stark County and Henry County officials at 2:57 p.m. at the corner of Ogle and West Clinton Streets in Toulon.

Earlier in the day Henry County received a phone call from a minister in Cambridge who had stated Fritch called him demanding $6,000 to pay debts Fritch owed.

Fritch stated if he didn’t get his money he would “go out in a blaze of glory.” His location was believed to have been in Toulon.


As a result of that information, the Stark County Sheriff’s Office informed Stark County School District #100 and the school system, both Toulon and Wyoming locations, were placed on a soft lockdown at 10:35 a.m.

Fritch’s location was determined by mid-afternoon and the suspect was apprehended. He is awaiting formal charges from Henry County where is currently in custody and where he will be tried.

The Illinois State Police also assisted in the operation.

The Stark County News aided by disabling our online scanner feed during the final minutes of the operation. We thank you for your understanding.

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