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Buildings in Anamosa locked down for incident involving former guard

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ANAMOSA (KWWL) -

The community of Anamosa is on alert after the police department got a complaint for a welfare check. Police say a Marion man who was possibly depressed, was on his way to the Anamosa prison. 

"Someone at the prison received information that he was on the way to the prison and had a weapon on him," said Anamosa police chief Robert Simonson. 

Authorities say the man is believed to be under state and federal investigation involving the prison.

That investigation involves four former corrections officers who are all now facing charges for smuggling and drugs.

That Marion man was also a former employee of Anamosa State Prison, and because of that, the prison was also put under more extensive secure procedures.

However, police won't say if the Marion man is directly connected.

"I don't know for sure...reports are that he was involved somehow," said Simonson.

Whether there is a link or not, the scare caused schools, daycares and the hospital in Anamosa to go into lock down. 

Terri Gonnerman lives near the prison and this situation doesn't sit well with her.

"A little unnerving, you think that  they've been trained how to do their job, what to bring to work, what not to bring to work, so it strikes a nerve a little bit." 

The search is still for that Marion man.  The only info we have is that he was driving a black Ford pick-up truck. 

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Schools, daycares and even the hospital were locked down in Anamosa this afternoon just 90-minutes before charges were announced against four former guards at the Anamosa State Penitentiary.

Anamosa police chief Robert Simonson says his department received a call at around 1:21 p.m. Tuesday afternoon stating a welfare check was needed a person headed from Marion to Anamosa.

Simonson says they got another call a short time later saying the person was possibly depressed, had a weapon and was headed to the Anamosa State Penitentiary. He adds the person is a former employee of the prison and is under state and federal investigation.

Schools, daycares and the hospital were among the buildings placed on precautionary lock down.

Simonson says the Penitentiary was under a more extensive procedure.

KWWL's Shirley Descorbeth contributed to this report. 

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