Two 14-year-old boys, parents charged in pipe bomb case
by Megan Thornton
July 30, 2012 05:53 PM | 10018 views | 9 9 comments | 15 15 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Police respond to the incident in the Rivergreen community.
Police respond to the incident in the Rivergreen community.
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CANTON — A 14-year-old Canton boy and his parents have each been charged with six counts of possession and manufacture of destructive devices after police say they found six pipe bombs inside the family’s home in the Rivergreen subdivision Monday morning.

On Tuesday night, Sandra and Brian Howell were arrested at their home on Woodbury Lane and charged with two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor as well as the other charges, Detective Candy Worthy with the Canton Police Department said in a release.

The 49-year-old father and 48-year-old mother will be transported to the Cherokee County Detention Facility for processing, Worthy said.

A second 14-year-old boy was also arrested on Monday at 5:30 p.m. on two counts of possession and manufacture of a destructive device.

The juveniles’ names were not released because of their age.

Additionally, a female child inside the residence was taken to the Canton Police Department and turned over to the Department of Children and Family Services, police said.

“At this time, detectives are continuing their investigation and more arrests are possible,” Worthy said.

On Monday, Assistant Chief Todd Vande Zande said a tip received by his department led investigators to the home on the 100 block of Woodbury Lane, which he said contained six explosive devices.

“I don’t think we’ve ever had an incident where we’ve located potential explosive devices, especially in this number, in a residence in this city,” Vande Zande said Tuesday.

A search warrant was executed Thursday around 12:30 p.m. at the home with assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation Bomb Squad and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Based on evidence from the scene and interviews with members of the residence, charges were filed against the juvenile.

Though Cherokee County School District begins its first day of school Wednesday, Canton Police Chief Robert Merchant said he did not have any knowledge that the boy planned to bring the devices to school.

“We did detonate one of the devices at the scene,” Merchant said in an interview Monday. “We’re going to turn all of the evidence over to ATF for them to analyze in the crime lab.”

Merchant said additional materials were found during a search of the boy’s room, all of which also taken into custody.

Vande Zande said Monday the boy’s parents had been cooperative throughout the investigation. He said a couple of other witnesses have also been consulted during the investigation.

However, Merchant would not comment on the suspect’s motive or what the boy’s intended purpose was for the pipe bombs.

“It’s going to require a number of interviews to understand what the purpose of constructing this device was,” Merchant said.

Merchant said the community and residents should rest easier knowing that a “superb job” was performed by Canton Police as well as GBI and ATF members.

“I think a good thing happened today,” Merchant said. “(An explosion) could have done potential harm to anyone in the vicinity of the device.”

The boy is being held at the Canton Police Department, but will soon be transferred to another facility.

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AnotherRGRes
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August 02, 2012
Once again, it was not fireworks in a pipe. Get your facts straight or don't say anything at all.
Serioously??
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August 01, 2012
he kid shouldn't have been doing this, but everyone needs to chill for a moment and take stock of what actually happened. A kid takes some black powder and made a small PVC pipe bomb so he could blow up a tree or something. Big deal. Most kids have done the same thing, whether mommy and daddy know it or not.

The under-engaged and (obviously) bored GBI/ATF/Bomb Squad guys made much more of this than was required. Give the kid probation for 3 months, put the other kid back with her parents, and move on to the real criminals. Meth manufacturing, theft, assaults, and DUI abounds. Of course, it's not as fun for Barney Fife as bringing in the bomb squad.....
Barney Fife
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August 02, 2012
Seriouously where are you getting all this information? Have you seen the you tube video's? Are you getting this info from the parents because no info on the pipe bombs has been released? What if he would have done something horrible at a school or in the neighborhood...you would have said Barney Fife should have seen the signs and did something to stop this! Last I checked Klebold and Harris did not commit mass murder before that horrible day. I am sure if you were their neighbor you would say they were just being kids.
RivergreenRes
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August 03, 2012
I saw the news, saw the videos, saw the parents, yea, this kid was up to NO GOOD! These parents do need to be held accountable because they turned a blind eye and in doing so put their neighbors at risk, unacceptable! So stop telling us to "chill", it is about time for all of us to stand up and say NOT IN MY NEIGHBORHOOD! So sick of these "entitled" kids, Parents, it is up to you, be an annoyance to your kid now or visit him in jail later.
AnotherRGRes
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August 01, 2012
"I actually saw one of the devices that was detonated there at the residence by the GBI bomb technicians and turned over to ATF for their crime lab to analyze," Chief Bob Merchant said. "I can tell you after I looked at that device, there is no question in my mind that that type of device is meant to cause serious bodily injury or even death if someone was in close proximity."

It was not a firework. Nice idea, but no. This was tragedy averted.
rgreenres
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August 01, 2012
This may explain who blew up the bathroom in the central park of the subdivision a year or so back.

Don't get too upset??? Nice.. I'm sure that would be your feeling if that "firework in a pipe" exploded near someone in your family..
DLeeS
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August 01, 2012
If that "firework in a pipe" did explode, it WOULD be near someone in my family, because we live right across the street. I know this boy, and he's never been anything but polite to me and my family. What bothers me so much is that people are rushing to judgment about him and labeling him another Eric Klebold. And the family is being torn apart by all this. A young girl who has never done anything wrong has been taken from her home. And that's what I'm upset about. I just can't believe that my family (my daughter rides the bus with the boy and he would have started high school today, with her) were ever in serious danger. I see the people... people I know personally, and I'm grieving for what's happening to them.
Katleer
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July 30, 2012
SERIOUSLY!? How does a 14yr old make pipe bombs without his parents knowing? This is sad & disappointing, I live in river green, someone could have been hurt or killed. PARENTS WAKE UP!
DLeeS
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July 30, 2012
Don't get too upset. This is a teenage stunt gone wrong, and the boy will likely pay the price for it... but no one was in any danger of being hurt or killed. The police would have evacuated the neighborhood if that were the case. Also, my understanding is the "pipe bombs" are nothing but store-bought fireworks in tubes.
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