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Custodian charged with threatening coworkers

January 29, 2013

BROOKFIELD, IL — An S.E. Gross Middle School night custodian was arrested on Friday and charged with four felony counts of disorderly conduct after reportedly making threats against four co-workers, according to the Riverside-Brookfield Landmark.

timothy mesichTimothy Mesich, 41, was taken into custody after being fired by Superintendent Mark Kuzniewski at a termination hearing, the article stated.

According to the article, after his arrest, Mesich was also charged with a misdemeanor count of possession of firearm ammunition without a permit.

Police indicated that Mesich threatened to shoot co-workers he had problems with, including the district's director of buildings and grounds, Rich Batka, and that on more than one occasion he also reportedly threatened to sexually assault a female co-worker, the article noted.

"We're taking every precautionary step to make sure he doesn't have access to the buildings," said Kuzniewski, who added that he had been in touch with LaGrange Park police and staff at Brook Park School.

"Our school safety plan has measures to address not only being proactive, as in this case, but also how to prepare for situations like this after the fact," Kuzniewski added.

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