Thursday, June 13, 2024

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Western Middle School summer classes locked down Tuesday afternoon


The sheriff’s office locked down Western Middle School Tuesday afternoon when a suspect sought by deputies near the middle school was spotted running into a wooded area across from school property.

The lockdown began at 12:15 p.m. and lasted a little more than one hour, until 1:22 p.m.

Deputies responding to a domestic disturbance at the Holly Tree Mobile Home Park, 2235 North NC 87 in Elon, near the middle school, saw Jimmy Wayne Himmelheber run from the residence to a wooded area across from school property. Himmelheber is a white, male, 30 of 2235 North NC 87, Elon.

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Jimmy Wayne Himmelheber

Himmelheber is wanted for felony probation violation in Edgecombe County in eastern North Carolina.

The sheriff’s office reports that no weapons were involved and no staff or students came in contact with the suspect.

A sheriff’s office K9 was called to the scene and started a track. The track was lost in a wooded area near the Haw River at 1:13 p.m.; the lockdown was lifted at 1:22 p.m.


Approximately 120 students and staff were at Western Middle School at the time; the school is currently conducting summer school for middle and high school students.


Himmelheber is described as a white male with dark hair in a pony tail wearing a grey shirt, black camo pants with red shoes. If located, call 911.


In addition to the Edgecombe County felony probation violation, he is now also wanted for misdemeanor resist, delay and obstruct, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct.

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