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  • Police briefly put day-care center on lockdown

  • A Central Point day-care center was briefly put on lockdown Wednesday after police responded to a report of a man uttering violent threats against schoolchildren.
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  • A Central Point day-care center was briefly put on lockdown Wednesday after police responded to a report of a man uttering violent threats against schoolchildren.
    The Noah's Ark Early Learning Center, part of a Ministry of Hope Christian Church at 305 Oak St., was on lockdown for about 10 minutes while police responded to the alleged threat, said Director Paula Brite.
    Richard Anthony Maldonado, 35, of Medford, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, Central Point Police Chief Kristine Allison said.
    At about 12:25 p.m. police responded to a report of Maldonado near Central Point's public library allegedly yelling and making a threat to enter a school and shoot children.
    The library sits across Oak Street from the early learning center, which is why the police department initiated the school lockdown, Allison said.
    "We do have our school shooting protocol and procedure. ... We've done drills in the past with the day-care centers and the private schools," Allison said. "We take all violent threats against schools very seriously."
    The police department also works with Central Point's public schools to ensure both entities are prepared and working in unison should a school shooting occur.
    Allison said officers are trained and have a procedure for quickly dealing with shootings in other highly frequented public and private spaces.
    Brite said Noah's Ark runs lockdown drills twice a month, and Wednesday's lockdown went smoothly before normal operations resumed.
    Reach Mail Tribune reporter Sam Wheeler at 541-776-4471 or swheeler@mailtribune.com.
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