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Washington Police Investigating Incident Involving Washington School District Employee

The Washington Police Department is continuing an investigation into an incident involving an employee of the Washington School District who made statements, which prompted district administrators to cancel school on Thursday.  Detective Sargeant Steve Sitzes says the incident with the employee occurred off campus and did not involve direct or in-direct threats to students or staff, however the behavior and statements made by the employee were concerning and needed to be investigated.  The employee, 33-year old Thomas Wingfield of Union has been charged with possession of marijuana following an investigation of his residence.  Wingfield had been picked up by police in St. Peters at a convenicence store on Wednesday night after he had been brandishing a gun at a stranded motorist.  Washington police were notified of Wingfield's arrest and in turn notified the school district, resulting in the closure.  Along with the marijuana, two boxes for rifles recently purchased by Wingfield were found in the residence.  Wingfield had been place on administrative paid leave on Wednesday by the Washington School District.  The Washington Police Department is currently working with the Washington School District, the Franklin County Sheriff's Department, and the Union Police Department.  Together they are reviewing and investigating the information they have received.

 

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