Hill AFB Employee Arrested in Pipe-bomb Probe

Hill AFB Employee Arrested in Pipe-bomb Probe

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WEST POINT, Utah (AP) -- Police arrested three people, including a Hill Air Force Base employee, in an investigation of pipe bombs found at a car wash and behind a convenience store in Weber County.

A bomb-squad truck entered Raymond Parr's neighborhood after midnight Tuesday, neighbors said. He was arrested on suspicion of manufacturing and possessing the explosives.

"We're trying to see why he would have them," Layton police Sgt. Mark Chatlin said. "He didn't give any explanation. There's no reason to believe there was any intention to use them, but that's something we want to confirm by checking his background."

On Sept. 5, streets for closed for 12 hours after pipe bombs were discovered at a Layton car wash. In Roy, police said they found four bombs Monday behind a Maverik store.

Parr, 47, was released from the Davis County jail after posting $10,000 bail. Two other men still were in custody.

"I don't even know what the police have," Parr's attorney, Craig Peterson, said. "They did a search of the storage shed, but what was seized in the search, I don't know. My client doesn't even know."

Parr is a supervisory marketing director for the 75th Air Base Wing Mission Support Group Services Division, according to Hill AFB.

Meghan Robles said Parr always seemed like a nice neighbor. "He's the guy that plows other people's driveways," she said.


Information from: Standard-Examiner

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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