City of Vandalia reopening all recreation facilities

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UPDATE @ 2:05 a.m.: The City of Vandalia announced all recreation facilities will reopen on Sunday, according to a post on the city’s Facebook page.

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The Vandalia Recreation Center will be open at 12 p.m. and all previously scheduled outdoor activities will resume.

Cassel Hills Golf Course and Cassel Hills Pool will also be open for their regularly scheduled hours of operation, the city said.

Some public facilities were closed Saturday following a shooting in Butler Township Friday afternoon that killed four people.

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The suspect, 39-year-old Stephen Marlowe, is now in custody after a nationwide search.

Butler Township Police Chief John Porter told the media Saturday night that Marlow was taken into custody just before 10 p.m. by police in Lawrence, Kansas.

PREVIOUS STORY (08-06) @12:34 a.m.: The City of Vandalia has announced that select public facilities will be closed Saturday following a shooting in Butler Township Friday that killed four Friday afternoon.

On social media, Vandalia said that the Vandalia Recreation Center and all outdoor activities, as well as Cassel Hills Golf Course, Cassel Hills Pool and the Vandalia Senior Citizens Center will also be closed Saturday.

“These closures are being implemented solely as a precaution, as there have been no known targeted threats towards any City facility.” the city wrote.

They added that Vandalia residents may see an increased police presence Saturday and that city leaders are continuing to “evaluate the situation.”

The city did not directly cite the shooting as the reason for the closures. The scene of the shooting is within a 5-mile radius of all the places that will be closed.

>> 4 people shot, killed in Butler Twp. neighborhood; Police seek person of interest

Police were dispatched to Hardwicke Place and Haverstraw Avenue just before noon Friday on reports of shots fired, Butler Township Police Chief John Porter said Friday afternoon. Police found multiple crime scenes and four people who had been shot. They were all pronounced dead on scene, Porter said.

Porter identified Stephen Marlow, 39, as a person of interest in the shooting. Marlow has been described at 5-feet 11-inches and 160 pounds. He has short brown hair and was last seen in shorts and a yellow t-shirt.

Marlow was last seen in a white 2007 Ford Edge with Ohio license plate number JES 9806.

Porter said Marlow should not be approached if spotted and should be considered armed and dangerous. If you see him, call 911 immediately.

Marlow has yet to be located by law enforcement.