MEIGS COUNTY — A man accused of constructing a pipe bomb found Saturday at a residence near Langsville was arraigned in Meigs County Court on Monday afternoon.
Willie G. Ward, 73, of Langsville, appeared before Judge Steven Story.
Ward is charged with one count unlawful possession of a dangerous ordinance, assembling and possession a pipe bomb.
At the request of Assistant Prosecutor Amanda Bizub-Franzmann, bond was set at $100,000 with 10 percent cash permitted. Attorney Charles Knight was appointed to represent Ward.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. on May 9 in Meigs County Court.
Ward has three other pending cases in county court with regard to the same victim. The other cases include charges of domestic violence and violating a protection order.
On Saturday afternoon, officials with the Meigs County Sheriff’s Office, Salem Township Fire Department and the Columbus Bomb Squad responded to a call of a pipe bomb at a residence near Langsville on the west end of Meigs County Saturday afternoon according to Meigs County Sheriff Keith Wood.
The female caller stated a device had been found in the building while cleaning in the building. The woman’s son reportedly found the device, and placed it in the yard.
Deputies responded to the call and secured the scene until the bomb squad arrived. Once on scene the Columbus Bomb Squad detonated the device along with additional powder found at the scene.
According to Wood, Ward is the caller’s former husband.
Ward was arrested at the Gallia County residence of his brother on Saturday according to Wood.
Ward will be charged with illegal manufacturing of explosives, a felony of the second degree, and illegal possession of a dangerous ordinance, a felony of the fifth degree, according to Griffin. He is currently in the Middleport Jail.