Suspect who caused ‘soft lockdown’ in Melba School District arrested

Justin Edde
Justin Edde

Melba schools were on “soft lockdown” Wednesday after an “unknown person” seen on school grounds prompted an investigation earlier in the day, according to Canyon County spokesman Joe Decker. The individual, later identified as 26-year-old Justin Scott Edde, was taken into custody at 4 p.m., Decker said.

Edde had outstanding warrants for his arrest.

“There is no indication of any threat to the schools; it was merely a case of someone who did not want to be contacted by law enforcement,” Decker said in an email.

The nature of Edde’s warrants weren’t immediately clear, but court records show he has prior felony convictions for stalking, burglary and grand theft.

Decker did not provide additional details on the school’s “soft lockdown” protocol, but added that the sheriff’s office will station a school resource officer in Melba for the remainder of the day.

In the search for Edde, deputies contacted and subsequently arrested 23-year-old Payge L. Gilmore on five outstanding warrants.

This is the second school lockdown in Canyon County this week. The first happened Monday at the College of Idaho.

Nicole Blanchard: 208-377-6410, @NMBlanchard