By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
A Knox County man garnered 18 charges, including menacing and terroristic threatening, after the report of an obscene sign led to the discovery of weapons and an explosive device at his residence.
Glenn D. Powell, 65, of 932 Ky 3440, Barbourville, was arrested Wednesday morning after law enforcement officials found multiple weapons.
In total, law enforcement officials located 68 rifles and handguns. Only one shotgun was illegal and had allegedly been stolen, according to Knox County Sheriff’s Deputy Claude Hudson.
Although the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives was on scene, no federal charges have been filed, according to ATF Public Information Officer George Huffman.
“There was a device, but it was not what we would call a functioning device, so at this moment, federal charges are very unlikely,” Hoffman said.
Powell was charged with 12 counts of first-degree wanton endangerment, according to Hudson.
“They charged him with endangerment for every officer that was on the scene and in danger due to the device,” Hudson said. The device had to be “detonated through explosives” by the bomb squad, according to the sheriff’s report.
Powell was also charged with theft by unlawful taking, receiving stolen property, resisting arrest, advertising obscene material, menacing and third-degree terroristic threatening, according to a Knox County Sheriff’s Department report.
Deputies with the Knox County Sheriff’s Department initially responded to a call regarding “obscene material” at Powell’s house.
Once on the scene, officers found a sign stolen from a local business with obscene and disparaging comments referring to a daycare located across the street from Powell’s residence.
As the investigation continued, Hudson and Deputy Chad Wagner located an “artillery simulator that was wired,” according to Hudson. At that point the Kentucky State Police Bomb Squad was called onto the scene.
By Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writer
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