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Banished

Former city employee who made bomb threat told to stay out of county

Former city employee who made bomb threat told to stay out of county

January 24, 2006|by DANIEL J. SERNOVITZ

daniels@herald-mail.com

A former Hagerstown Water and Sewer Department employee who threatened to blow up his supervisor with a homemade bomb was told by a judge Monday morning not to return to Washington County after the man pleaded guilty to an arson/threat charge.

Washington County Circuit Judge W. Kennedy Boone III initially said the plea, which includes three years of unsupervised probation, would come with the condition that Lloyd Dale Allison not step foot on the grounds of the city's treatment plant. Boone then reconsidered and broadened the restriction.

"Do you have any reason to be in Washington County at all?" Boone asked.

Allison replied that he did not.

"You are hereby banished" from Washington County, Boone then said.

According to charging documents, Allison described to a co-worker on Aug. 26, 2005, how he would blow up supervisor David Scriever at the sewer collections building off Frederick Street. At work that day, Allison 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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"He worked there. He wanted to blow up his supervisor. He was fired," said Washington County Assistant State's Attorney Gina M. Cirincion, who agreed with Assistant Public Defender Ben Thompson on the terms of the plea.

Allison, 27, of 56 Opal Court in Martinsburg, W.Va., was charged Sept. 2 with one count of threatening to explode a destructive device in a structure. The misdemeanor charge is punishable by up to 10 years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.

On Nov. 1, 2005, Allison requested a jury trial in Washington County District Court. After Monday's hearing, Cirincion said that in accepting the plea Allison withdrew his request for a jury trial.

Thompson said Allison, the father of two young children, was going through rough times and had been through counseling when he made the threat. Thompson said the former collection system operator hired by the city in March 2003 knows it was a bad idea to make the statement.

Following the hearing, Hagerstown Assistant Fire Marshal Rich Miller said Allison cooperated with investigators and he said he does not have any problems with Allison being granted probation.

"He was cooperative the whole time," Miller said. "He understands the rights and wrongs."

Allison, who now works at a manufacturing company in West Virginia, was required to pay $500 in fees and court costs.

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