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Cascade responds to threat


PORTLAND, Ore. — Police tracked down and apprehended a former Cascade College student Jan. 8 after he was accused of sending e-mails threatening to shoot and kill two teachers. 
Cascade locked down its campus after the e-mails were received.
Silas J. Evers, 25, had been brought to the school to play basketball in fall 2005 and was having problems academically, The Oregonian reported.
A police command post was set up at the 300-student college as up to 20 officers fanned out across the city to locate the suspect, who was taken into custody at his mother’s home.
President Bill Goad said Cascade took immediate action to ensure the safety of all students, faculty and staff members.
Tom Gaumer, Cascade’s director of campus life and a retired deputy chief from the Stockton, Calif., police department, coordinated the college’s effort.
“While we hope Tom doesn’t have to use his 27 years of police experience very often, it is a blessing to have him on our staff,” Goad wrote in a memo to students and parents.

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