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Cops: Cedar Lake man threatened his own elementary school massacre

Updated: December 16, 2012 1:38PM



CEDAR LAKE — Police on Saturday seized 47 guns and ammunition from the home of a man who a day earlier had threatened to set his wife on fire after she fell asleep and kill as many people as he could at a nearby elementary school, investigators said.

No injuries were reported.

Von Meyer, 60, of the 9300 block of West 133rd Avenue was arrested Saturday on felony charges of intimidation and misdemeanor charges of domestic battery and resisting law enforcement.

Many of the guns found hidden throughout the two-story historic home were collectors’ items, according to Cedar Lake Interim Police Chief Gerald H. Smith, with an estimated value of over $100,000.

Cedar Lake police were called to the home early Friday, Smith said, after Meyer reportedly threatened to set his wife on fire after she fell asleep. Meyer also allegedly said he would enter the Jane Ball Elementary School and kill as many people as he could before police could stop him, according to Smith.

The Meyer property is less than 1,000 feet from the school and the properties are connected by a series of trails and walking paths though a wooded area.

Police notified the school resource officer, Smith said, and school officials worked with police to increase security at all local schools during the day on Friday.

School Board member Mary Joan Dickson said Cedar LakePolice notified Jane Ball administration of the threat made against the school Friday and the school was put on a soft lockdown as a precautionary measure.

“In light of what happened Friday, Cedar Lake police were doing their job,” Dickson said.

On Saturday morning, police presented the case to the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office. Formal charges were filed and search warrant and arrest warrants were issued, Smith said.

Assistance from the Lake County Police Tactical Team was requested, Smith said, and Meyer was taken into custody without incident.

Meyer, who Smith said was a known member of The Invaders motorcycle gang, was taken to Lake County Jail and held without bond pending an initial hearing.

Dickson said school officials did not learn of the magnitude of weapons found in the home until reading news accounts Sunday morning. She said officials will discuss the situation with interim superintendent Richard Cook to determine what, if any, actions will be taken at the school on Monday.

Dickson, who lives seven houses away from Meyer, said she was surprised by the news. She said the Meyer family has lived in Cedar Lake for decades and that Meyer and his sister attended Hanover schools.

The home in which Meyer lives is his childhood home. Dickson said Meyer keeps to himself and is rarely seen, only to mow the lawn on his riding lawnmower and get the mail.

Correspondent Carrie Napoleon contributed to this report



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