Tuesday, October 29, 2013
Gun and drug charges filed against a Roanoke man while a nearby elementary school was placed on alert are headed to a grand jury.
Dale Lee Thomas waived his right to a preliminary hearing on the charges Monday, allowing them to proceed to a grand jury that meets in December.
While police arrested Thomas, 56, at his Fallon Avenue home the morning of Aug. 19, Fallon Park Elementary School was placed on a shelter-in-place status as a precaution. The measure, which came on the first day of school in the city, ensured that students did not leave the building.
Police were first called to Thomas’ home for a report of threats made against family members. Once on the scene, they found about 70 guns, 10,000 rounds of ammunition, body armor and marijuana, according to a search warrant filed at the time.
Thomas was charged with distribution of marijuana and possession of an illegal sawed-off rifle. He also was charged with animal cruelty involving torture after police found a dead dog at the home.
The dog died from blunt force trauma, police spokesman Scott Leamon said.