Clark arrested for explosives


BUCKHANNON — A Buckhannon man was arrested after a verbal altercation turned dangerous. William John Clark, age 62, was taken into custody for the felony charges of criminal use of destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices; wanton endangerment involving destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices; and three counts of illegal possession of destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices.

The report stated that Deputy Tyler Gordon responded to a call at Selbyville Road for threats leading to possible gunshots. The dispatcher advised the officer that there were sounds similar to gunshots in the background and the caller mentioned a man named William “Bill” Clark had left the area in a truck. Deputy Gordon reportedly found the vehicle heading towards WV Route 20. Another officer, Deputy Joseph Barcus, was waiting at the defendant’s residence at Abbott Road and initiated a traffic stop once the vehicle came into view. 

Deputy Gordon returned to the scene on Selbyville Road to speak with the four witnesses. There, he learned that Clark and his family had been arguing with the witnesses throughout the evening. They allegedly heard the defendant yell, “If you’re not coming out, I got something for ya,” and then a loud “boom” followed, the report said. The officer discovered a disturbed area in the dirt and located large metal shrapnel pieces around the yard. After arriving at the traffic stop, he also found a long necked lighter and a box containing what was believed to be fireworks explosives and fuses. The reports said that the other officer found two more pipes in the vehicle that were identical to the ones located in Selbyville. 

According to court documents, Clark’s possible penalties if convicted of the three felony charges of illegal possession of destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices, are confinement for not less than one year, nor more than 10 years, or fined not more than $5,000, or both, for each offense. For the charge of criminal use of destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices, the penalties are confinement for not less than two years, nor more than 10 years, or fined more than $10,000, or both.  And finally, Clark’s potential sentence for wanton endangerment involving destructive devices, explosive materials or incendiary devices are confinement for not less than two years, nor more than 10 years, or fined more than $10,000, or both. Magistrate Kay Hurst set bond in the amount of $100,000 cash or surety plus $60 LET fees. 

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