Six arrested after drug-dog search in Parker High School parking lot

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Gazette staff
October 22, 2014

JANESVILLE-- Drug-sniffing police dogs searched the student parking lot at Parker High School on Tuesday morning, resulting in six arrests, according to Janesville police Sgt. Brian Donohoue.

This was the first canine search in the Janesville School District in the 2014-2015 school year, Donohoue said, adding that the request for a search comes from the school district.

Donohoue said the dogs are trained to sniff out anything from narcotics to paraphernalia. Tuesday's search lasted about an hour, Donohoue said. The school was placed on a soft lockdown, but classes and instruction weren't disrupted, he said.

"We used four K-9 teams for the sweep," Donohoue said. "A sweep means that the dogs walk around the vehicles, and when they hit on one, we search the vehicle. Searches are conducted by school administration with assistance from the police."

The search involved two dogs from Janesville police and two dogs from the Rock County Sheriff's Office, he said.

Kevin Leavy, the school district's public information specialist, said the dogs "hit" on 15 cars out of 325. Students who owned the vehicles were excused from class for questioning, Leavy said.

The arrests came from six separate vehicles, Donohoue said.

"There will be more K-9 searches as the 2014-2015 school year continues," Donohoue said. "The K-9 searches are requested by school administration, and they are not announced."

"We do anticipate future canine searches in parking lots and lockers during the school year," Donohoue said. "Any vehicles on school property are subject to searches, as well as lockers."

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