, Corbin, KY

Local News

February 22, 2013

Woman arrested for W’burg bomb threat

CORBIN — By John L. Ross, Staff Writer

Extradition was waived by a Jellico, Tenn. woman facing felony charges after a bomb threat at Williamsburg Plastics Thursday.

No one was injured and no bomb was found.

Amanda Lorine Rogers, maiden name Johnson, 30, remains jailed in the Whitley County Detention Center.

She faces one second-degree terroristic threatening charge, which is a felony.

On Thursday, an employee of Williamsburg Plastics received the phoned-in threat just before 9 a.m., according to Whitley County Sheriff Colan Harrell.

That employee contacted 911 dispatchers at 9:13 a.m.

“The female caller related (to the plant employee) they had planted a bomb,” Harrell said.

Between 90 and 100 first-shift employees were immediately evacuated from the plant, according to Plant Manager Tom Anspach. Factory Lane, the road to turn into the plant parking lot from U.S. 25W, was barricaded.

Employees were moved back from the building, and crews with the Williamsburg Fire and Rescue Department, the Whitley County EMS, Goldbug Volunteer Fire Department and Woodbine Fire Department assisted at the scene.

Also on hand to assist was the Williamsburg Police Department and the Kentucky State Police.

Bomb-sniffing dogs were brought to the facility — one with the Williamsburg Police Department the other with the detention center.

Each dog sniffed out the same spot — near the locker room area in the upper part of the building, Harrell said.

Harrell explained the dog “hits” did not necessarily mean a bomb was present.

“They may just be hitting on a chemical or material used in the plant that could be used to make a bomb,” he said. “But (we took) precautionary measures.”

Williamsburg Plastics management provided emergency crews a thick stack of MSDS papers. MSDS, or Material Safety Data Sheets, list chemicals and solutions used by the company in its day-to-day operations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires this be available for both employees and emergency, fire and law enforcement personnel.

He said the KSP notified a bomb squad unit, which was dispatched to the scene from Lexington.

Employees were then sent home from their shift, and eventually the factory parking lot was empty except for law enforcement and emergency services personnel.

And the waiting game began — but not for long.

After a short time, orange cones were hastily snatched away from the barricade on Factory Lane — and four unmarked vehicles wheeled their way into the parking lot.

Any remaining non-emergency personnel were asked to move away from the property.

Two troopers with the KSP bomb squad suited up in full gear, and once their helmets were in place, they entered the front of the building, out of sight.

Not long after, the troopers exited, heading back for their vehicles. After a discussion with law enforcement and emergency personnel, they all entered the building.

Harrell said the dogs ended up hitting on material “covered up with a cardboard box — it was coincidental.”

An investigation was well under way by the time second shift employees began to arrive at the plant. Harrell announced the sheriff’s department sought Rogers in connection to the called-in threat.

“We traced the number and it came back to a TracFone — a throwaway phone,” Harrell said. “Through conversations, we tracked her down.”

Rogers was arrested in Jellico, but waived extradition was booked into the detention center just after 6 p.m.

“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, the plant manager.

“As soon as we got the call, we got everybody out of the building,” he said.

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.”

Text Only
Local News
  • 0731 Brad Connell & Amanda Matthews at Sanders Park FOR WEB.jpg Made to honor

    While lunch hour traffic on Main Street headed north Wednesday, Amanda Matthews and Brad Connell were putting the final touches on their latest work of art.
    Inside Sanders Park — a place where visitors and local residents alike can stop to rest, as well as to honor the Corbin man who brought Kentucky Fried Chicken to the world — five large plaques had just been installed.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    A Williamsburg man considered “possibly armed and dangerous” continues to be sought by officers with the Williamsburg Police Department.

    July 31, 2014

  • 0731 New home of Corbin Educational Center (former St. Camillus Academy) FOR WEB.jpg New life for a storied campus

    A new chapter in the Corbin Educational Center’s history has begun.
    It involves moving to a new location that’s had quite a few chapters of its own for more than 100 years.

    July 31, 2014 1 Photo

  • Robbery suspect turns himself in

    A man wanted for a Laurel County robbery turned himself in at the Mount Vernon Police Department Wednesday, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • POLICE ROUNDUP: Child wandering in traffic nearly struck by two cars

    Two men are facing charges after a child was left alone and wandered into traffic where she was nearly struck by two vehicles, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 31, 2014

  • Indiana fugitive captured in Flat Lick

    An Indiana fugitive was arrested in Flat Lick Sunday and now deputies are searching for the woman that was with him.

    July 31, 2014

  • TODAY'S HEADLINES — July 31, 2014

    Five bronze ‘legacy plaques’ installed at Sanders Park

    Man wanted for stealing vehicle

    Robbery suspect turns himself in

    Corbin Educational Center moves to St. Camillus Academy

    July 31, 2014

  • 18 arrested in drug roundup

    An 11-month long investigation into illegal drug activity resulted in 18 arrests Tuesday, according to Kentucky State Police Trooper Lloyd Cochran.

    July 30, 2014

  • Suspect wanted for assault

    Whitley County Sheriff’s deputies continue their search for a suspect wanted for first-degree assault after he allegedly intentionally struck a woman with his vehicle while she was walking Tuesday — and then simply drove away.

    July 30, 2014

  • Laurel service station robbed

    A Laurel County service station was robbed Tuesday and a station employee is the suspected robber, according to Laurel County Sheriff John Root.

    July 30, 2014

Front page
Featured Ads
AP Video
Couple Channel Grief Into Soldiers' Retreat WWI Aviation Still Alive at Aerodrome in NY Raw: Rescuers at Taiwan Explosion Scene Raw: Woman Who Faced Death Over Faith in N.H. Clinton Before 9-11: Could Have Killed Bin Laden Netanyahu Vows to Destroy Hamas Tunnels Obama Slams Republicans Over Lawsuit House Leaders Trade Blame for Inaction Malaysian PM: Stop Fighting in Ukraine Cantor Warns of Instability, Terror in Farewell Ravens' Ray Rice: 'I Made a Huge Mistake' Florida Panther Rebound Upsets Ranchers Small Plane Crash in San Diego Parking Lot Busy Franco's Not Afraid of Overexposure Fighting Blocks Access to Ukraine Crash Site Dangerous Bacteria Kills One in Florida Workers Dig for Survivors After India Landslide Texas Scientists Study Ebola Virus Smartphone Powered Paper Plane Debuts at Airshow Southern Accent Reduction Class Cancelled in TN
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Twitter Updates
Follow us on twitter