Man accused of making false threat to Granite City school

News-DemocratMarch 7, 2014 

A 55-year-old man was charged Friday with making a false terrorist threat to a Granite City school.

Granite City Police arrested Dean Smith Thursday in connection with a threat made over the phone to Coolidge Middle School in Granite City. The school was placed on lockdown and police arrived at the school at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Police said the threat was made through a phone call to a mental health service, not to the school directly. Investigators tracked the call to the El Gato Tavern in Granite City and arrested the unarmed man about an hour later.

Smith, who has no permanent address, will be transferred to the Madison County Jail. His bail has been set at $500,000.

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