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September 7, 2011
A 61-year-old man on federal probation for a firearm possession conviction was sentenced to prison Tuesday in Berkeley County Circuit Court for attempting to make small bombs in his backyard. Larry Junior Whalen of Martinsburg was ordered by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Christopher C. Wilkes to serve one to three years and pay court costs as part of a binding plea. The defendant entered a guilty plead under Alford circumstances to one count of attempting to manufacture a destructive device.
March 1, 2011
A Berkeley County man is accused of manufacturing what he called "cat bombs," bottled concoctions of toilet bowl cleaner and aluminum foil, to scare stray felines away from his residence. Brian Michael Bailey, 42, of 231 Gordon Drive, Hedgesville, W.Va., was arraigned Tuesday by Berkeley County Magistrate Harry L. Snow on one felony count of illegal possession of destructive devices, explosive material or incendiary devices, according to magistrate court records. Bailey was charged Monday by West Virginia State Police Cpl. L.A. Faircloth after Trooper N.K. Campbell received several complaints about Bailey allegedly making some type of explosive device at his home, according to court records.
By HEATHER KEELS | | February 19, 2011
More than 30 acres of land and three vacant structures burned Friday night in a Morgan County, W.Va. brush fire, a Morgan County emergency dispatcher said. The fire was one of several that kept Tri-State fire companies busy Friday night and Saturday as strong winds and dry, warm weather combined to create what the National Weather Service called "explosive fire growth potential. " The Morgan County fire was reported at about 11:30 p.m. Friday in the 17000 block of Cacapon Road, or W.Va.
February 7, 2011
In my well-chronicled descent into grumpy old manhood, some mile markers along the way are predictable: I like to be in bed by 9:30 p.m., I like white socks and soft shoes, and my idea of a perfect car is a 1978 Lincoln Mark V. But this new revelation hit me out of the blue, and worries more than all the rest put together: I’m tired of explosions. For a guy, that’s a tough one to admit. But there you have it; everything on TV seems to blow up these days, and it makes me tired.
May 10, 2010
BAGHDAD (AP) -- A suicide bomber blew himself up outside a textile factory Monday in a crowd that gathered after two cars bombings at the same spot in the worst of a series of attacks killing nearly 100 across Iraq, the deadliest day this year. The government blamed al-Qaida in Iraq for violence in Baghdad, saying the terror group is stepping up its attacks now to exploit political instability. More than two months after the March 7 elections, it is not clear who will control the next Iraqi government and the U.S. is planning to pull out half of its 92,000 troops over the next four months.
May 4, 2010
BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. -- West Virginia State Police said Tuesday that there were no explosives in the ground along U.S. 522 Monday, a change in what authorities initially suspected. State police said in a news release issued Tuesday that there were five bore holes and blasting cap wires found Monday at U.S. 522 and Richard Street, near Berkeley Springs High School. Police and fire officials checked the wires again Tuesday and determined that there were no explosives at the bottom of the holes.
By TRISH RUDDER | May 4, 2010
Editor's note: An earlier version of the following story appeared in the print edition of The Herald-Mail on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, and in the online edition on Monday, May 3. The story below was an update posted online the morning of May 4. Later on May 4, West Virginia State Police announced that no dynamite had been found at the site. That story can be found here . BERKELEY SPRINGS, W.Va. --An area south of Berkeley Springs that was closed Monday afternoon after several sticks of dynamite were discovered by workers was reopened Tuesday at 9:40 a.m., officials said.
By BRIDGET DiCOSMO | December 28, 2009
HAGERSTOWN -- The case of a man charged with threatening to detonate explosives at a local mobile home park was transferred to Washington County Circuit Court earlier this month. Michael Austin Womack, 34, of 1328 Fairchild Ave. in Hagerstown, was charged in October with arson threats, possession of explosives, reckless endangerment and hazardous substances. The case was filed in Circuit Court on Dec. 16. A witness alleged on Oct. 28 that Womack was looking at a Web site about building bombs, and detonating chemical-reaction devices at the mobile home park, according to District Court records.
By MATTHEW UMSTEAD | December 4, 2009
MARTINSBURG, W.Va. -- A lawsuit that challenged the Berkeley County Planning Commission's vote to allow storage facilities for explosives and blasting agents to be built on North Mountain has been dismissed by 23rd Judicial Circuit Judge Gina M. Groh. Groh signed an order Nov. 23 dismissing the suit against the planning commission after the court was notified that Geological Technologies Inc. (GTI) withdrew its request for a variance that would have allowed the company to proceed with the project off Tuscarora Pike.
November 24, 2009
Dynamite and explosive devices were found Monday morning inside an old car parked on a property in the 15000 block of Dellinger Road in Williamsport, according to Maryland State Fire Marshal Deputy Joseph G. Zurolo. The car was parked in a detatched garage on 36 acres, and members of the fire marshal's office bomb squad were alerted to the presence of the explosives when a relative of the former resident discovered the material while cleaning, the fire marshal said in a prepared release.
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