Bond not reduced in bomb case

NEW CUMBERLAND – A man arrested for allegedly placing three bombs around the Weirton Municipal Building earlier this month was denied a bond reduction during a court appearance at the Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday.

David Jared Patterson, 23, is being charged with three counts of criminal use of an explosive device.

Weirton-based attorney Alex Risovich is representing Patterson and requested that his bond be reduced from $150,000 to $20,000 or less.

A representative of the state advised against the bond reduction, citing the nature of the crimes Patterson is accused of.

Magistrate Court Judge Michael S. White denied the request.

“Due to the nature of the offenses and statements made by him, at this time, without a pre-trial report, I’m not going to release him. These are serious offenses that are alleged against him, and without further information about him and his status, I’m not going to grant that at this time,” White said.

The investigation leading to Patterson’s arrest began at about 11 p.m. on May 5, when Weirton police officers discovered three chemical explosive devices outside of the city building, according to Chief Bruce Marshall. Two were found near the base of the building, and one was found under a police cruiser in the parking lot of the Municipal Plaza.

The weapons were defused and later picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

Weirton police arrested Patterson at his residence, 3344 West St., around 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. He remains in custody at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail.

Patterson’s preliminary hearing has been set for 10:30 a.m. on May 30.

(Dalrymple can be contacted at sdalrymple@heraldstaronline.com)