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Couple charged with making, setting off bombs

Aug. 07, 2014 @ 11:42 PM

ASHLAND -- An Ashland couple have been charged with making several Molotov cocktail-like incendiary devices and setting them off in a railroad tunnel near an Ashland housing complex, according to court records.

Joseph R. Waugh Jr., 39, and his girlfriend, Jessica L. Greer, 30, both of 216 Carl Perkins Drive, Apt. 6B, Ashland, are both charged with use of weapons of mass destruction and criminal trespassing. Boyd County District Judge Gerald Reams has set a preliminary hearing in the case for 1 p.m. Aug. 20.

Greer reportedly posted a video on her Facebook account depicting a man making incendiary devices in what appeared to be a kitchen of an apartment, according to a Uniform Citation filed against both defendants by a Boyd County sheriff's deputy.

The video also shows two people detonating several of the devices in what appears to be a railroad tunnel, according to the complaint. A search of the area showed several exploded devices, according to the complaint filed in the office of Boyd County Circuit Clerk Linda Baker. The bottles were consistent with those shown in the video, according to the complaint.

Waugh and Greer were arrested July 29. Greer was released on a $5,000 bond.

Waugh was lodged Thursday in the Boyd County Detention Center on a similar $5,000 bond, according to a deputy jailer. Waugh also was named Thursday in a felony criminal information charging him with manufacture of weapons of mass destruction. The weapons of mass destruction charge is a class C felony punishable, upon conviction, of from five to 10 years in prison.

A felony criminal information allows for the filing of felony charges without taking the case before a grand jury, said Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice.

The tunnel searched by Boyd County sheriff's deputies was near the Hillcrest Apartments off 6th Street in Ashland, Justice said.



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