Update: Canton man charged in this morning's lockdown at Canton Central School
BY PAUL MITCHELL
North Country This Week
CANTON - A Canton man has been charged and jailed in connection with this morning's lockdown at Canton Central School.
Aaron J. LaVean, 36, of 56 Pollock Road, was charged with three counts of second-degree criminal contempt, Class B misdemeanors following an investigation by Canton village police finding LaVean in violation of a St. Lawrence County Family court order.Today's incident began when a school staff member noticed the clip of a folding pocket knife on an adult, now identified as LaVean, on Canton Central School property. Three criminal contempt charges were made because the Family Court orders involves three people inside the school. No weapon charge was filed because LaVean did not display the knife.
LaVean was arraigned before Canton Town Justice Michael Morgan on Tuesday and remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility on $1,000 cash and $5,000 bond.
"The school acted as they should have. Nobody was in danger at any time," Chief James Santimaw stated.
Canton police were assisted by New York State Police and St. Lawrence County Sheriff's deputies.
"This morning at approximately 10:45 a.m., a staff member noticed an individual on the outside of the building walking with what appeared to be a knife. The school was placed immediately into lockdown and law enforcement was notified, Superintendent Ron Burke said in an email to parents.