Hearing reset in bombs case

NEW CUMBERLAND – A Weirton man arrested for placing three bombs around the Weirton Municipal Building earlier this month had his preliminary hearing rescheduled during an appearance in Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday.

David Jared Patterson, 23, of 3344 West St., is being charged with three counts of criminal use of an explosive device.

Weirton-based attorney Alex Risovich is representing Patterson, who was denied a bond reduction by Magistrate Court Judge Michael S. White during his court appearance on May 23.

Magistrate Judge William S. Hicks was standing in for White Friday. He informed Patterson and his attorney that a preliminary hearing would be rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. on June 13.

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 explosives were defused and later picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has launched its own investigation. The federal investigation is ongoing.

Weirton police arrested Patterson around 1:30 p.m. May 21. He remains in custody at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail on $150,000 bond.