By John L. Ross, Staff Writer
A second suspect has been arrested in connection with last week’s bomb threat at Williamsburg Plastics.
Robin Wade Campbell, 25, of Williamsburg, was arrested Tuesday afternoon at the Williamsburg Walmart by Chief Deputy Kenny “KY” Fuson, according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.
He remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center under no bond, according to jail records. Campbell faces one felony charge of second-degree terroristic threatening.
“This is all over Robin wanting off of work from Williamsburg Plastics that day,” Harrell said.
The call came into the plastics factory just before 9 a.m. Thursday.
The employee of the facility who received the threatening call contacted 911 dispatchers minutes later.
Harrell said the female caller “related they had planted a bomb.”
Plant Manager Tom Anspach said between 90 and 100 employees were immediately evacuated, and Factory Road leading into the plant was shut down.
Two different bomb-sniffing dogs were put to task in the Plastics plant, both of them hitting on the same spot. Harrell said the area in question was near the locker room area in the upper part of the building.
That led law enforcement to contact the Kentucky State Police bomb squad, which was dispatched to the scene from Lexington.
First-shift employees were sent home, and in minutes the parking lot was empty except for law enforcement and emergency officials.
No bomb was ever found. Harrell explained that the dogs could have been hitting on ingredients or materials that could be used to make a bomb.
Later that day, a Jellico, Tenn. woman was arrested in Tennessee.
Amanda Lorine Rogers, maiden name Johnson, 30, waived extradition and remains jailed at the Whitley County Detention Center under a $5,000 cash bond.
“We traced the number and it came back to a TracFone — a throwaway phone,” Harrell said. “Through conversations, we tracked her down.”
Harrell said although no bomb was found, his department took precautionary measures anyway.
“We take (bomb threats) very seriously,” Harrell said. “There was close to 100 people in there — and they’re scared whether they might get blown up or not.”
Williamsburg Plastics manufactures appliance parts, according to Anspach.
He said second- and third-shift employees were able to report to work. “It’s unfortunate that these kinds of things happen,” Anspach said. “It’s kind of scary — but you gotta do what you gotta do.”
Rogers is scheduled to appear in court March 4. At press time, no court date had been set for Campbell.