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Walnut teen complying with bail conditions

PRINCETON — The 18-year-old student who allegedly made threats "to shoot up" Bureau Valley High School appeared in court Wednesday for a brief status hearing.

Judge Marc Bernabei said Colten C. Fritz of Walnut is complying with the conditions of his bail for the Class 4 felony of disorderly conduct that he was charged with on May 21 after being arrested on May 19.

They include being on electronic monitoring to make sure he is staying within the boundaries of Lee and Bureau counties and only going to LaSalle County for appointments with his attorney, Douglas Olivero, whose office is in Peru.

Other conditions are that he stay 500 feet away from any school property that includes elementary schools, high schools and colleges — both private and public.

He is also taking prescribed medication for his anxiety and depression, and is receiving counseling after a risk assessment deemed Fritz was a low risk of harming himself or others, as previously reported.

At Wednesday's five-minute hearing, Fritz wore a long-sleeve white dress shirt, tie, black dress pants and black shoes. Bernabei asked Fritz if everything was going all right, and Fritz said it was.

The next status hearing was set for 11:30 a.m. Aug. 1. His pre-trial date is still set for Sept. 12 with a jury trial date set for Sept. 24.

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