Suspicious man alarms Norwood-Norfolk school

NORFOLK – State police say a North Country school was placed under lock down Friday morning after a suspicious man carrying an imitation pistol tried to deliver a package to a teacher.

Massena-based state police were called to Norwood-Norfolk Central School at about 8 a.m. Friday to investigate a male subject who was trying to drop off a package. Responding troopers located Steven R. Wells, 60, of Norfolk, at the middle school office and took him into custody without incident.

“Wells was found to be wearing a shoulder handgun holster with a black Desert Eagle BB pistol, which is considered an imitation pistol, beneath his jacket,” state police said in a press release.

Police said an investigation revealed that Wells arrived at the school and asked to see a female staff member and leave her a package. School administrators denied him access to the school, and police were notified, according to the release.

“Due to the lock down procedures initiated by school administration at the beginning of the incident, Wells was not able to gain access the interior of the school and no students were placed in any type of danger as a result of the incident,” police said. “The staff member Wells was attempting to see was interviewed and indicated he had been engaging in stalking and harassment type behavior against her for the past several days.”

Wells has been charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a class D felony, first-degree harassment, a class B misdemeanor, and fourth-degree stalking, a class B misdemeanor. He was arraigned in Norfolk town court before Justice Donald Lustyik and remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

An order of protection was issued against Wells, police said.