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Crime & Courts

Police chase leads to La Grange-area school lockdowns

Lockdowns lifted for dismissal, after-school activities

Several schools in the La Grange area were on soft lockdown Sept. 14 after a car chase resulting from crimes including a reported armed robbery ended in Countryside, officials said.

The chase involving Chicago police and U.S. Marshals began in Lyons, traveled through La Grange and ended with a crash at Brainard Avenue and Plainfield Road.

It appears all four suspects have now been apprehended, according to the village of La Grange.

Schools on lockdown included both Lyons Township High School District 204 campuses in La Grange and Western Springs, as well as St. Cletus Catholic School, St. John's Lutheran School, Spring Avenue Elementary School and Gurrie Middle School in La Grange.

District 204 posted at 3:55 p.m. Sept. 14 on its website that area police advised there was no reason to remain on soft lockdown or cancel after-school activities, so all after-school activities and athletics proceeded as scheduled.

However, because of a continued police presence in the area bounded by Plainfield Road, Brainard Avenue, 55th Street and Willow Springs Road, the district had delayed buses to that region.

"As you make your way home, please be aware of your surroundings and remain alert," the post stated.

La Grange School District 105, which includes Spring Avenue Elementary School and Gurrie Middle School, followed its regular dismissal routines, including releasing walkers and bicycle riders, according to its website. The buses also ran their regular routes.

Police were stationed at Lyons Township and the other affected schools to assist with dismissal of students, according to the village.

District 204 reported in a post at 1:55 p.m. that it was told three individuals were apprehended as a result of the police chase, and one fled the scene.

"We do not believe that our students or staff are in danger, but as a precautionary measure, we will remain in soft lockdown until given the all-clear from local police," the post stated.

Soft lockdown means no outdoor student activities take place, and building access from the outside is restricted, according to the post. Students remain in their classrooms, and there is minimum movement within the building.

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