“More a stupid choice than a violent tendency,” says sheriff
The two Pickens High School students involved in the pipe bomb case did not have any plans to use it on other students, the school or any public area, according to the investigation of Pickens sheriff officers Wednesday night and Thursday morning.
Sheriff Donnie Craig said this was more a case of “a stupid decision than a violent tendency.” Craig and a contingent of uniformed officers were on campus Thursday to answer questions and re-assure students and parents that everything at the high school “was as normal as possible.”
Craig said the two students, both 17-year-olds, have been arrested in connection with the small pipe bomb that was discovered after one student returned home from school Wednesday with it.
The sheriff said it was a case of one kid “basically tinkering and another kid thinking it was pretty cool.”
The first student brought it to school to give to the second student who had planned to take it home and “see what it would do,” the sheriff said.
“There were no threats and no plans, [for using it against other students],” the sheriff said.
Sheriff officers and nearby agencies thoroughly searched the school, buses and the residences of both students Wednesday night but didn’t find any other explosive materials.
Craig described the pipe bomb as a fairly simple, small device that would have been ignited by lighting a fuse.
“The only person that would have been hurt was the kid trying to set it off,” the sheriff said.
The sheriff said any member of the community could call his office at 706-253-8900 if they had further questions or concerns.
The Pickens Sheriff Office announced Thursday morning that a second student had been arrested with charges stemming from the pipe bomb that was found at the residence of a Pickens High student Wednesday afternoon.
A press release from the sheriff Thursday morning stated, "The device was located at the residence of a student of Pickens High School. Deputies arrived at the residence and identified what appeared to be a pipe bomb. It was discovered that one student made the bomb at home and brought it to school to give to the other student who was planning on taking it home to detonate it on his parent’s property."
Authorities arrested both students. Both students, age 17, are currently being held by the Pickens Sheriff’s Office and charges are pending in the case."
L-R: County employees John Nicholson and Rodney Buckingham look through an old book in Pickens County Probate Court Judge Rodney Gibson’s private collection. This book was one of several that helped the men uncover names of Pickens’ former leaders, which they are compiling for a photo wall for the Pickens County Administration Building.
Per the request of Pickens County’s current sole commissioner, Robert P. Jones, first in office January 2005, two county employees have been transformed into historical treasure hunters, scavenging the countryside for the names and faces of leaders from Pickens’ past.
See a list of all Ordinaries and Commissioners of Pickens County in this week’s print or e-edition.
At left, the four Pickens homes that were destroyed during last week's fires.
Four structure fires in the past week, with at least two intentionally set, made an unusual and hectic week for local fire crews, Fire Marshal Curtis Clark said Friday.
“It is rare to have four fires here that close together,” he said. “Having (at least two) intentional ones is also a rarity.”
No injuries to homeowners or fire crews were reported at any of the blazes.
“Each had a different cause and stemmed from different sets of circumstances that didn’t tie into each other or any recent fires,” Fire Marshal Clark said. “Each came with unique circumstances.”
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Cashier Kayla Watson (left) and Assistant Manager Wesley Cook, backed up to a window of shamrocks at Jasper’s Piggly Wiggly. Shamrocks represent donations toward summer camp for Georgia kids with muscular dystrophy.
If you shop for groceries at Jasper's Piggly Wiggly store, you probably have noticed a wall of paper shamrocks plastered all over much of the manager's area. Each green or gold paper clover leaf represents a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association's Shamrocks Against Dystrophy campaign. The campaign concludes mid-March around St. Patrick's Day.
Despite the wall of shamrocks, still more are needed.
"We're going to have a shortfall," store manager Wade Calvert predicted. Store goal is $2,300. To now, donations total near $1,200.