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Williamson County Jail John Christopher Crawson

John Christopher Crawson is the man who authorities said caused the evacuation of his Williamson County neighborhood near Round Rock, Texas when police found improvised explosive devices in his house.

Crawson was charged with terroristic threats and jailed at the Williamson County Jail, his inmate record shows.

KXAN reported the neighborhood was evacuated the morning of Tuesday, February 23, 2021 after police were called to Crawson’s home for a report that he threatened a family member. He was arrested, and police later found IEDs in his home in the 2500 block of Santa Barbara Loop, they said. The Williamson County Sheriff’s Office told the news outlet they would remain on the scene until the devices were safely removed. The public was asked to avoid the area. Anyone who lives in the area and was not contacted by authorities does not need to evacuate.

Here’s what you need to know:

Authorities Found Explosives in Crawson’s Home February 23 When They Were Serving an Arrest Warrant for Alleged Threats Against a Family Member in January

Crawson’s charges stemmed from an alleged threat made against a family member on January 18, 2021. His charge, terroristic threats against a family member, is a third degree felony, his jail record indicates. Officials were serving an arrest warrant at his house when the IEDs were found.

Members of the bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) remained at Crawson’s home investigating into the afternoon, KXAN reported.

Here is his jail record:

Williamson County JailJohn Crawson’s jail record

Deputies told KXAN a “lengthy investigation” preceded the arrest warrant. Authorities did not immediately specify what kinds of devices they found or how many.

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SCHOOL exams will be scrapped this year with the grading system to be confirmed tomorrow, Gavin Williamson announced today.

The Education Secretary this afternoon said trust would be firmly put in the hands of teachers as the Covid lockdown is lifted over the coming months.

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Speaking at the press conference this afternoon, Mr Williamson said: "Tomorrow, we'll be setting out the details on how grades will be awarded this summer.

"While I cannot pre-empt that announcement, I'm very pleased to say it will confirm this year we are putting our trust firmly in the hand of teachers."

Students have been studying from home since the nation's third lockdown was put into force at the start of January.

They were this week given the good news they will be allowed back to class from March 8.

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Boris Johnson last month said GCSE and A-level exams were set to be scrapped - arguing the summer tests weren't "possible or fair" for the nation's kids.

The Times yesterday reported GCSE and A-level pupils could be asked to take “mini-exams” instead of formal papers.

The proposal would see exam boards write up the tests with teachers and schools to then mark them.

It came as it emerged pupils will be given extra classes during the summer holidays to help them catch up with lessons missed during the pandemic.

But the return to school will see strict measures put in place to ensure the safety of students.

Among the measures, secondary pupils will have to wear masks in the classroom.

Older children will be asked to wear face coverings at their desks as well as in corridors until the end of term under the PM's roadmap to reopen the country.

3The roadmap will see kids return to schools in England on March 8

Previously the use of face coverings has been left to the discretion of head teachers, but they are now set to be made compulsory.

The measures will be put in place until the Easter holidays - when they will then be reviewd.

Professor Chris Whitty this week said good ventilation and hygiene practises would also help to keep schools safe.

The Chief Medical Officer said: "It is absolutely universally accepted that there are huge advantages for children to be in school - mentally and physically and for their education and life.

"If you keep children out of school, every child is disadvantaged."

Prof Whitty said in contrast, the risk of Covid to kids was "incredibly low", adding: "We are confident that given the huge benefits of school, the residual risk is strongly in favour of children - primary and secondary - going to school."

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