SHILOH POLICE DEPARTMENT
Case Number: #22-00945
Contact: Captain Jesse Phillips
Contact Number: 618-632-9047
On Friday, August 19, 2022 at approximately 7:32 AM, local law enforcement received an anonymous tip of a possible threat directed toward the Whiteside School District as students were beginning to arrive at school. Initially it was unclear which school building the possible threat was directed towards. Officers from the Shiloh Police Department responded to the Middle School located at 111 Warrior Way to provide an increased presence and ensure safety. The St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department did the same at the Elementary School located at 2028 Lebanon Avenue.
Through joint investigation by the Shiloh Police Department and the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department, two individuals were identified and taken into custody without incident. There was no indication these individuals had any connection to the Whiteside School District other than living within the district. All involved parties in this case have been identified and located. The results of this investigation were submitted to the St. Clair County State’s Attorney’s Office for review.
On Saturday, August 20, 2022, St. Clair County Assistant State’s Attorney Bernadette Schrempp issued the following warrants related to this case:
- Warrant #22CF01126701 for Disorderly Conduct/Cause Transmit a Threat to a School, a Class 4 Felony, charging Jeremy S. Gunter, 46, of the 2400 block of Patrick Drive in Shiloh with the above offense.
- Warrant #22CF0126601 for Possession of a Firearm by a Felon and Warrant #22CF0126602 for Possession of Ammunition by a Felon, both Class 3 Felonies, charging Joseph D. Lowman Jr., 42, of the 30th block of York Port Drive in Shiloh with the above offenses.
All warrants were reviewed by St. Clair County Judge William Clay IV. He set Gunter’s bond at $20,000, with ten percent applying. Lowman’s bond was set at $40,000, ten percent applying. They are both in custody at the St. Clair County Jail for want of bond.
Our department takes all threats seriously and worked swiftly to return a sense of security for all involved. We are very thankful for our continued partnerships with the St. Clair County Sheriff’s Department and Whiteside School District #115, which helped bring this situation to a quick and safe conclusion.
*All persons are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law.