Cumberland Times-News

Local News

March 18, 2013

Montana man jailed in bomb scare at Petersburg Sheetz store

Apparent IED found inoperable

PETERSBURG, W.Va. — A Sheetz store and some nearby residences were evacuated Friday night after a man outside the business was found to be in possession of an apparent improvised explosive device.

Grant County Sheriff’s Department Deputy K.R. Thorne responded to the store for a complaint of a man soliciting money outside the business just after 8 p.m.

Thorne spoke with the man and identified him as 32-year-old Rebecca Lynn Hare, of Montana, who said he was en route to visit a power plant in Niagara Falls.

Hare was carrying a backpack and the deputy inquired if he was in possession of any weapons. Hare said he was not and opened the backpack to reveal a brick of yellow cylinders taped together with wires coming from the end of the cylinders and going into what appeared to be a power unit.

The device included another set of wires attached to a cell phone, giving the appearance of being an improvised explosive device (IED), police said.

With assistance of West Virginia Trooper N.J. Schellhaus, Thorne then ordered the manager of the Sheetz store to evacuate. Nearby residences were also evacuated at that time with assistance of the Petersburg Volunteer Fire Department.

Police then took the suspect and moved a safe distance from the scene.

Mineral County Sheriff’s Department Capt. J.J. Wingler and his bomb-detecting dog also arrived at the scene along with West Virginia State Police Bomb Technician Sgt. L.A. Faircloth. With use of an X-ray device, it was determined the device was not an explosive device as suspected.

It was shortly after 10 p.m. when law enforcement determined the device was not an explosive mechanism.

Police also found a handgun in the backpack, prompting the arrest of Hare on a charge of felon in possession of  handgun. Three other electronic devices like the suspected IED were also found in Hare’s backpack.

Investigation also determined the device included laptop batteries removed from their housing that Hare reportedly used for a power supply for his electronic devices and scooter.

Hare was taken into custody and remained jailed Monday in the Potomac Highlands Regional Jail in lieu of $3,000 bond.

Assistance at the scene was also provided by a National Forest Service law enforcement officer, Maysville and Moorefield volunteer fire departments, Grant County Star City Ambulance, West Virginia Division of Highways and Shirks Towing.

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds Cemetery group’s efforts revive Oak Hill grounds

    After you drive Alexander and Furnace streets then navigate a couple of switchbacks on Cemetery Road, you’d figure there would be no more uphill.

    April 17, 2014 2 Photos

  • Proposed county budget holds most agencies flat

    After taking into account an income tax shortfall, Allegany County Finance Director Jason Bennett said he’ll propose a budget that holds most outside agencies to flat funding and funds the Board of Education at what county officials say are maintenence of effort levels for 2015.

    April 17, 2014

  • RYAN WOLF Wolf named 2014-15 Garrett Teacher of the Year

    Southern Garrett High School teacher Ryan Wolf has been named the 2014-15 Garrett County Teacher of the Year.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock Rep. Delaney discusses congressional gridlock

    While giving a civics lesson at Frostburg State University on Thursday, U.S. Rep. John Delaney, congressman from Maryland’s sixth district, told students that the polarization in Congress is due primarily to redistricting and a poorly designed Congressional schedule.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Fourmile Ridge wind project approved, moves forward

    The Federal Aviation Administration has approved the Fourmile Ridge wind project in eastern Garrett County and site preparation started April 7, according to Frank Maisano, a wind industry spokesman. The current notice listed on the FAA website for the project is for a small change in turbine location.

    April 17, 2014

  • Oakland back to normal after toppled tanker closes business district

    The town of Oakland returned to normal activities Thursday, one day after a tanker full of liquid propane overturned in the heart of the business district.
    Shortly after 8 p.m. Wednesday the toppled tanker was removed and its 10,000-gallon load transferred to another tanker.

    April 17, 2014

  • Students back Southern Middle School renovation

    Students from both Southern and Northern middle schools presented a list of reasons why Southern Middle needs to be renovated during the Garrett County Commission meeting Tuesday.

    April 17, 2014

  • Trial run Trial run

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo 72nd anniversary of Doolittle Raid on Tokyo

    Friday, April 18, has another special meaning for me besides Good Friday.
    April 18, 1942, proved to be a pivotal day for American morale, following the deadly air attack and destruction conceived and executed by Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Lara Courrier seeks re-appointment to Mineral school board

    I, Lara Courrier, am seeking re-election to the Mineral County Board of Education to continue the work I’ve done the last four years. Having served as a school counselor at the Burlington Center School and the Chick Buckbee Juvenile Center for nearly six years, as well as approximately 20 years total working with children, I have insight into the needs of kids and the importance of the actions of the school board. Having three sons and several nieces and nephews in Mineral County schools, I have an added incentive to continue to work hard to ensure the efficient running of our school system. 

    April 17, 2014