Archive for Thursday, February 22, 2001

DeSoto man arrested for possession of explosives

February 22, 2001

A DeSoto man remains in custody as the result of the second bomb-making incident in the city this month.

Rick Guinn of the Johnson County District Attorney's Office said Joseph Aaron Stoltenberg, 23, was charged with felony possession of explosives.

Stoltenberg was arrested after the Johnson County Sheriff's Department served a search warrant on his residence at 32510 Lexington on Feb. 14. Sgt. Bryan Clark of the sheriff's department said the search turned up powder, fuses and other suspicious materials that were sent to the Federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms for analysis.

Guinn said a judge approved the search warrant after a garbage collector noticed suspicious articles in Stoltenberg's trash.

As of Tuesday, Stoltenberg remained in jail pending bond. Guinn said the $100,000 bond the judge imposed reflects the seriousness of the alleged offense.

"We don't ask for bond of that amount unless we have concerns the public safety is at risk," he said.

If convicted of the level 6 felony, Stoltenberg could face 17 to 46 months in prison, depending on his prior record, Guinn said.

The sheriff's department does not believe the latest arrest is related to the discovery of a pipe bomb Feb. 2. In that incident, a teenage boy brought a live bomb he found in a field in the 8500 block of Ottawa Street to his home. A member of the Olathe bomb squad later exploded the bomb at the residence.

An adult male suspect has been identified in that incident. Debris from the bomb the boy discovered, another device found in the field and materials recovered from the suspect's car that was involved in an accident the same night the bomb was discovered have been sent to the ATF.

Clark said the sheriff's department is waiting on the results of the ATF testing before making an arrest in the Feb. 2 bomb discovery.

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