Alton police are investigating what a spokesman at Alton Memorial Hospital is referring to as a "suspicious call" that resulted in the hospital being put on a precautionary lockdown until 1pm. Police Chief David Hayes says what was originally thought to be a case of a disgruntled customer who had an issue with the billing department may be something completely different. He says the case is progressing quickly enough, he will decline further comment for now.
During the lockdown, visitors were allowed entry and exit at Alton Memorial, but only through the doors in the Emergency Department and Duncan Wing. The Illinois Secretary of State Police and a bomb sniffing dog was brought in to make a final search of the building, but nothing was found. Hayes says the hospital recently practiced its lockdown procedure with the police department, and the staff followed protocol perfectly in today's situation.