Charlotte elementary school closes after death threat; man arrested

Isaac James Burch (Mecklenburg County Sheriff's Office)

Police in North Carolina have arrested a man who they say threatened to go to an elementary school to kill his ex-wife.

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A news release from Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police on Tuesday said 37-year-old Isaac James Burch was arrested on a fugitive warrant from Michigan.

The news release said Kannapolis police notified CMPD after receiving information that Burch was on his way to the state to kill his wife, who worked at Sterling Elementary School in Pineville.

According to police, Charlotte-Mecklenburg police located a truck that Burch had been driving outside the hotel where he was located and took him into custody.

Burch has 26 prior offenses and was released from prison in 2013 after smashing a beer bottle into someone's face, according to the Michigan Department of Corrections.

Sterling Elementary School was closed Tuesday as a precaution.



Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools announced the school was closed on Tuesday "out of an abundance of caution." A system spokeswoman said the school would reopen on Wednesday.

"The safety of students, staff and all school personnel is top priority," a CMS statement said. "Out of an abundance of caution and after consultation with law enforcement authorities in an ongoing investigation, Sterling Elementary is closed on Tuesday for all students, staff and personnel. We are unable to provide further details at this time as this is an active investigation, and will provide an update to Sterling Elementary families and staff for the Wednesday schedule as soon as possible."

Read more at WSOC.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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