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Ky. man arrested in Ashland pipe bomb case

Jan. 20, 2012 @ 12:00 AM

ASHLAND -- A Greenup County man was arrested Thursday on charges of attempted murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction in an attempt to kill his wife in an Ashland parking garage last year, according to Ashland police.

Thomas Keith Biederman, 51, of Russell, Ky., was arrested at the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearm and Explosives office in Ashland Thursday by detectives of the Ashland Police Department and ATF special agents, according to a media release.

Janie Biederman was treated at King's Daughters Medical Center in Ashland on July 28, 2011, and released after sustaining cuts and burns in an explosion at a parking garage in the 1200 block of Bath Avenue, said Major Todd Kelley of the Ashland Police Department.

Thomas Biederman was transported to the Boyd County Detention Center in Catlettsburg.

The arrest follows a joint investigation by Ashland police, Kentucky State Police and ATF along with Russell Police and the Ashland Fire Department, among others.

Commonwealth's Attorney David Justice said Biederman would have an initial appearance Friday in Boyd County District Court.

Ashland police confirmed last year that PVC pipe, a cap, some wires and the smell of gun powder were all found at the scene of the pipe bomb in Janie Biederman's convertible in the parking garage. The bomb exploded when she started her car, according to authorities.

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