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Ex-city employee requests jury trial

November 02, 2005|by PEPPER BALLARD

A former Hagerstown Water and Sewer Department employee charged with threatening to "blow up" his supervisor asked Tuesday in Washington County District Court that his case be heard by a jury.

The arson/threat charge against Lloyd Dale Allison, 27, of 56 Opal Court, Martinsburg, W.Va., will be forwarded to Washington County Circuit Court for a jury trial. The charge is a misdemeanor, punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment, a $10,000 fine or both.

Charging documents allege that Allison described to a co-worker on Aug. 26 how he would blow up supervisor David Scriever at the sewer collections building off Frederick Street.

At work that day, Allison allegedly told co-worker Brandon Scarlett, "he would use (Drano) and aluminum foil or manure and diesel fuel to create a bomb," charging documents say.

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Allison allegedly told Scarlett that "he had learned how to make bombs in his high school chemistry class," documents state.

He allegedly told Scarlett that "he would tell him not to report to work or call him first to get out of the building before he detonated the bomb," according to charging documents.

Donna Messina, the city's human resources director, said the Water and Sewer Department notified her of the threat Sept. 1, and she contacted the city's police department and fire marshal's office, court documents state.

Messina has said that Allison was a Collection System Operator I who was hired in March 2003. She told The Herald-Mail shortly after the charges were filed that "Mr. Allison is no longer an employee of the city of Hagerstown."

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