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Woman Who Prompted Capitol Lockdown Was A Known Education Advocate At Statehouse


The controversial override vote Thursday was delayed by about two hours when the capitol was put on lockdown, due to reports of a woman throwing or spilling an unknown substance near the governor’s office and other locations.

The woman’s name has not been released, but she is well-known to several people in the statehouse, and is an education advocate.

That’s according to Letitia Dewith-Anderson, a lobbyist who says she has known the woman for a couple of years; she bumped into her being escorted by police out of an elevator.

“I was concerned for her,” she said. “I don’t think anyone in the capitol building that actually knew this person was concerned whatsoever about our safety. We were more concerned about what was happening with her.”

Dewith-Anderson said at first didn’t realize the woman was handcuffed, because both she and the officer were so calm. 

A Hazmat team scoured the capitol and found nothing harmful. A spokesman for the Secretary of State said the investigation is ongoing.

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