Bomb squad rids mobile home of three suspicious devicesPosted: Updated:
RATHDRUM, Idaho - The Spokane Bomb squad has finished ridding a Rathdrum trailer home of three suspicious devices, and people living near the scene have been allowed to return to the area.
Rathdrum Police were called out shortly after 12:30 a.m. to the Willow Creek Trailer Park. They were acting on a tip and searching for Michael Martin Graupman, who had a warrant out for his arrest. Upon arriving at the trailer, police found Graupman and arrested three other people after allegedly discovering drugs and drug paraphernalia on the property.
While searching the home, officers spotted three "unknown devices". They evacuated about 15 trailer homes in the vicinity and called in a bomb squad from Spokane. Squad members say the first device was a plastic cylinder, possibly a prescription pill bottle, wrapped in black tape and filled with powder removed from fireworks. The second device was an aluminum arrow shaft that was filled with the same powder. The final device was a steel tube that was sealed at both ends and had a fuse.
The Explosives Disposal Unit removed the items from the home and transported them back to Spokane County for destruction. Squad members say any one of the devices would have created an explosion strong enough to remove fingers or eyes.
Following up on a tip based upon Monday’s Warrant Round-up in local newspapers, Kootenai County Sheriff’s Deputies arrested Michael Martin Graupman, 23, at his residence in Rathdrum around midnight last night. Graupman was initially arrested on a $25,000.00 warrant charging him with possession of controlled substance. Graupman was also charged with an additional charge of Possession of a Controlled Substance and Attempted Destruction of Evidence. Also arrested at Graupman’s home were Katherine Elizabeth Guydos, 30, of Post Falls, for frequenting a place where drugs are present, Amber Annmarie Smith, 27, of Rathdrum for Frequenting and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia and Donald Scott Miller, 35 of Rathdrum for Probation Violation and Poss. of Paraphernalia.
Subsequent to the search of the residence, three possible explosive devices were located. The Spokane Bomb Squad responded and safely removed the devices. Further charges may be pending.
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