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      Fayette man charged in connection with Central Methodist lockdown

      Brian M. Baxter, 21, of Fayette was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a terroristic threat.

      Authorities in Howard County arrested a suspect in connection with the Central Methodist campus lockdown last week.

      Brian M. Baxter, 21, of Fayette was arrested Tuesday and charged with making a terroristic threat.

      According to a probable cause statement, someone from a cell phone called 911 April 3rd at 10:15 p.m. and stated there was a man on the CMU campus with a gun. The caller said the man was heading towards the Burford Hall Dorm.

      14 law enforcement officers from numerous agencies responded to the threat and all student housing buildings were put in "lockdown."

      Around 12:45 a.m. authorities cleared the threat and the "lockdown" was lifted.

      On April 7th, Fayette Police recovered a cell phone on the corner of Crib and Linn St. Police located the owner by checking the contacts list.

      The owner of the phone told police they had given the phone to Baxter a few days before the "gunman prank," and Baxter had admitted to making the call.

      Baxter is being held on a $20,000 cash only bond.