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October 21, 2013

Explosive devices seized from Berea home

BEREA — Federal authorities have arrested a Berea man after tips led to the discovery of almost a dozen homemade explosive devices in his home.

Warren Douglas Adams, 46, was arrested last week after Lexington police, Kentucky State Police and agents with the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched his residence in the 100 block of Courtland Avenue on Oct. 15.

The officers reported finding 11 suspected explosive devices along with empty plastic containers of Pyrodex propellant powder, 30 to 40 feet of rolled hobby fuse and an empty box of CO2 canisters, according to an affidavit filed in U.S. District Court by ATF Special Agent Robert M. Young.

Adams initially told the officers he had used an explosive device to scare someone who was in his yard, adding that he lived in a dangerous area plagued by drug crime, Young wrote. However, Young stated Adams later changed his story and said he did not intend to scare anyone, according to the affidavit.

Adams is charged with possession of an unregistered destructive device by a person who has previously been convicted of a felony, according to federal court documents.

The Berea resident pleaded guilty in 2012 to third-degree burglary for breaking into the Central Kentucky Concrete Plant and pouring acid on one of the company’s computers. He received a probated three-year sentence, according to the federal affidavit.

Adams made his initial appearance Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lexington and waived his right to a preliminary hearing. He also requested and received a court-appointed attorney.

Adams was remanded to federal custody and his next scheduled court appearance is 9:30 a.m. today for a detention hearing, according to court documents.

The court also instructed that “the parties shall continue to assess Defendant relative and sensitive to any (United States Code) 4241.” That section of U.S. law pertains to a person’s mental competency to stand trial.

The police were alerted to Adams’ alleged bomb-making activities when two people came forward with a photo of Adams with suspected IEDs attached to his vest and information that he was threatening to rob a bank, according to the affidavit.

Through sales records and surveillance video from the Berea Walmart, Young was able to confirm Adams had purchased bomb-making materials from the store Sept. 30, the affidavit stated.

Sarah Hogsed can be reached at shogsed@richmondregister.com or 624-6694.

 

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