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April 16, 2014

Man accused of making bomb threats

NEW CASTLE — A Sheep Hill man is in the county jail after allegedly threatening to kill a woman with a pipe bomb.

New Castle officers and three members of the Pittsburgh police bomb squad went to the tan and brick two-story house at 116 W. Balph Ave. Monday to look for Daniel William Wilson, 36, who lives there.

New Castle Police Chief Bobby Salem said that a woman who has a protection from abuse order against Wilson alerted the Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department that she feared he had a pipe bomb in the house.

The woman told police that Wilson had threatened her with the bomb Friday afternoon. She told police she had seen what she thought was a pipe bomb in a bedroom at his house about two weeks ago.

She described it as two pieces of metal stuck together in a box, which had black power in it, police said.

The woman reported to police Wilson had told her he has a friend who knows how to make pipe bombs.

She said Wilson had threatened multiple times to use the pipe bombs to kill her, her mother and other family members, according to police.

Officers obtained a search warrant from District Judge Scott McGrath, executed it at 6 p.m. Monday and allegedly confiscated the bomb and materials used to make it.

They reported a small black pencil box was found on the shelf of a dresser that contained an apparent pipe bomb with one end wrapped in foil and duct tape.

The device had been drilled for a fuse. The box also contained a pill bottle that appeared to have black power and a white substance in it and seven 20-gauge shotgun shells, police said.

The officers also seized a glass jar from the bedroom that contained shrapnel, they reported, as well as two marijuana pipes.

“There was one pipe bomb with shrapnel, with a hole in the top for a fuse,” Salem said, explaining it was made out of pieces of metal pipe.

He said that had the bomb detonated, the shrapnel in it could have killed or seriously injured someone.

The Pittsburgh bomb squad agents packaged the pipe bomb and made it safe, Salem said, then returned it to city police for evidence.

According to the chief, Wilson was not at home when they entered the house, but a family member was present. He said officers had received information that Wilson was at a relative’s house on Clearview Avenue, so they went there and arrested him.

Wilson allegedly told police he had made the bomb and he used them for fun at his camp. He said he had planned to take it to his camp in Franklin, they reported.

He is charged with two counts of bomb threats regarding placement of a bomb, and one count each of unlawful possession or manufacture of weapons of mass destruction, terroristic threats and risking catastrophe.

He was arraigned Tuesday morning by District Judge Melissa A. Amodie, who set his bond at $50,000.

Salem said Wilson’s house had four dogs inside, one of which appeared to be aggressive. He said the conditions inside were unsanitary because of the dogs, adding the city and county humane officers and New Castle Code Enforcement officers went there Tuesday.

(Email: dwachter@ncnewsonline.com)

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