(03/23/2018)
See original Hur Herald story (03/17/2018) MT. ZION MAN CHARGED WITH 143 EXPLOSIVE DEVICES - Boatright Facing 143 Felony Counts, Arrest Comes After Search Warrant

West Virginia man faces hundreds of felony charges after depu-
ties say he had 143 explosive materials in his home. (WCHS/WVAH)

3/21/2018 By Ashley Bishop for WCHS/WVAH

CHARLESTON, W. Va. (WCHS/WVAH) — A Calhoun County man is facing hundreds of felony charges and many years of jail time after deputies say he had 143 explosive materials in his home. 51-year old Rick Boatright appeared in court last week for having 143 explosive devices at his home.

A search warrant of the Mt. Zion home on Calhoun Highway revealed that deputies were called after a woman was reported to be running around barefoot in the snow. She told a deputy that her ex-husband was cutting gas lines and trying to spark the electric wires together to blow up the home. A deputy confronted the man, who agreed to allow the deputy and sheriff to walk through the home to make sure there was no danger.

The search warrant documents state while waiting, the woman used the bathroom in the home. She came out carrying a pouch and told the deputy that he needed to take it because it was a bomb. Documents state that inside the pouch was a powdery residue and that the woman admitted she had been on meth. Meth was then also found on her ex-husband.

Deputies filed for a search warrant and found a wooden box in a bedroom closet, in the box 52 electric blasting caps, about 90 non-electric aluminum caps as well as "A 6" homemade M80 hobby fuse" and about 50 feet of timing fuse used for non-electric caps. The Sheriff then checked to see if the homeowner, who wasn't home at the time, Rick Boatright had a permit with the West Virginia Fire Marshals office, but he did not.

Neighbors who didn't want to appear on camera say it was shocking to hear about explosives. They added that several others live in the home with Boatright and neighbors say they always see a lot of traffic at the home.

Boatright posted a cash bond of $10,000 and has another hearing next week. If convicted, Boatright could face one to ten years on each charge.

Drug charges have not been found on the other two people yet.


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