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Random K-9 search unearths marijuana at Monessen High School

| Monday, Feb. 3, 2014, 12:36 a.m.

Monessen School District officials were meeting Monday to determine the next step after a random police K-9 search uncovered marijuana in at least one high school locker.

Monessen police Chief John Mandarino said the drugs were found Friday during a planned search of the high school.

“At the request of the school, our K-9 did a locker search,” said Mandarino, confirming that marijuana was found in a locker.

The chief could not confirm whose locker it was because the investigation was turned over to district officials, who would not comment Sunday on which student or students were involved.

Monessen School District acting Superintendent Dr. Leanne Spazak said she will be meeting Monday with other district officials to discuss the investigation.

Spazak said she was not at the high school when the search was conducted.

“I will comment more on this when I have all of the details,” Spazak told The Valley Independent Sunday.

School board president Donna Fantauzzi said Sunday she found out about the search late Friday afternoon and is still gathering information on the situation.

“I know something was found, but I'm not sure what or how much,” Fantauzzi said.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com. Staff Writer Jeremy Sellew contributed to this report.

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