Grovetown woman arrested in connection to threats to “shoot up school”


UPDATE: It took approximately nine minutes for Grovetown Department of Public Safety officers to respond to a call by the Department of Homeland Security in response to terroristic threats made by a Grovetown resident, from the first call in to Grovetown DPS dispatch to initial contact with the suspect.

Thursday, 12/04/2019, Sheryll Denise Sidwell was arrested and charged with “terroristic threats and acts” by Grovetown Department of Public Safety after they received information of a threat from DHS.

While speaking over the phone to a representative from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, Sidwell “threatened of shooting up an unknown school system,” according to the incident report provided by Grovetown DPS.

The call from DHS came in around 11:50 a.m. and two officers with Grovetown DPS were able to make contact with Sidwell at her address along Grove Landing Circle at 11:59 a.m.

Sidwell admitted to making the statement, because she was angry due to the Defense Finance and Accounting Service, which provides the payment services of the U.S. Department of Defense, being slow to resolve financial issues she was having with them.

Sidwell was placed in handcuff which were double-locked for safety. She was turned over to an investigator with the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigation Division for further questioning.

Columbia County DFACS also responded.

NOTE: Originally, Sidwell self-identified as “Sheryll Lander,” as was stated in a previous release by Grovetown DPS and reported by this station.

According to law enforcement officials, “Lander” is Sidwell’s maiden name and not her legal name, thus the change from our original reportage from “Sheryll Lander” to Sheryll Sidwell, which she was booked under.

GROVETOWN (WJBF) – Aided by a tip from the Department of Homeland Security, officials with Grovetown Police Department currently have a Grovetown woman in custody after she was tied to a threat to shoot up a school.

The call, received around noon Wednesday, resulted in a brief “soft lockdown” of schools within the vicinity of Grovetown, according to the Columbia County Board of Education.

That lockdown wasn’t lifted until after the woman in question was in custody, said Grovetown Director of Public Safety Scott Wheatley.

Wheatley said that the local school system is now “back to business.”

The woman has been identified as Sheryll Lander. She’s since been taken into custody and charged with one count of Terroristic Threats & Acts.

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