Not guilty plea lodged in Pinedale lockdown case

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (KEVN TV) -- The woman accused of calling a false report to police and disturbing a school in a Wednesday incident that caused a lockdown at Pinedale Elementary in Rapid City pleaded not guilty Friday in Pennington County Court.

Ricky Peck, a 29-year-old woman who suffers from Grand Mal seizures, appeared in Magistrate Judge Marya Tellinghuisen's courtroom via video hookup from the Pennington County Jail.

She pleaded not guilty to three counts of making a false report and a single count of disturbing a school. The first counts carry a maximum penalty of 1 year in jail and a $2,000 fine. The fourth count carries a maximum penalty of 30 days in jail.

Tellinghuisen set Peck's bond at $1,000 cash or surety.

Police received a tip of a gunman at Pinedale Elementary on Wednesday, but when they arrived they found the report to be fake, according to court documents.
Officer Robert Neisen writes that Peck called police after she received a phone call on Tuesday from someone with a male voice saying he planned on bringing a gun to school, after which Peck had a seizure and passed out.

On Wednesday Peck was at the school with her mother to pick up Peck's child. That's when she made the call to police, according to police.

School administrators put the school on lockdown. After the building was cleared Peck became hysterical to the point where her mother believed she was slipping into another seizure. Eventually, Peck was taken to the hospital and given a sedative, according to police.

Peck was originally scheduled to make her first court appearance Thursday but jail personnel say she was medically unable.
Peck is next scheduled to appear in court for a dispositional hearing on Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.