Two inmates charged after threatening to blow up courthouse

By JENNIFER COHRON
Posted 6/22/19

Two Walker County inmates have been charged with four counts of making a terrorist threat after expressing an intent to blow up the Walker County Courthouse, the Walker County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) …

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Two inmates charged after threatening to blow up courthouse

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Two Walker County inmates have been charged with four counts of making a terrorist threat after expressing an intent to blow up the Walker County Courthouse, the Walker County Sheriff's Office (WCSO) and the Walker County Public Defenders Office.

Terry Keith Hammond, 56, of Jasper, and Bryant Wayne Williams Jr., 29, of Jasper, threatened to blow up the courthouse in order to get revenge against local judges, district attorneys, sheriff's department employees and public defenders, according to court records filed on Friday. Bond for each has been set at $500,000 cash.

Capt. Darrell Mote  investigated the plot, which involved several inmates working together to create ANFO (ammonium nitrate/fuel oil) bombs. 

There were detailed lists of instructions and supplies that were to be gathered by one of the inmates once released on bond, and the lists included primary and secondary targets for the explosives, according to a WCSO press release.

The primary targets were Sgt. Josh Key, Capt. Ralph Williams, Capt. Darrell Mote and Investigator Ray Capps, all of WCSO, as well as judges and District Attorney Bill Adair.  The secondary targets were the Sheriff's Office and the Public Defenders Office, where explosives were to be detonated. 

Hammond is the former owner of local radio station WQJJ 101.9 Fox-FM, which is no longer on the air, and is also associated with the Walker County Area News Facebook page, which was last updated in March. 

He was arrested in March for second-degree assault and third-degree criminal mischief.  He was arrested in 2018 for second-degree theft of property.

Williams was indicted by a grand jury in July 2018 for leaving the scene of an accident with injury, resisting arrest, attempting to elude a law enforcement officer, attempted murder and violation of a protection order as a result of an incident that occurred in November 2017. 

"We take all threats seriously, especially a terrorist plot such as the one that was being planned here. More than just conjecture, this is a solid case where we were able to obtain covert recordings of the discussions and documents, along with cooperating witnesses and defendants. The case files will be forwarded to the F.B.I. as well to determine if any federal charges will be filed against these individuals," Sheriff Nick Smith said.


Eight arrested in Argo, Yerkwood


The Walker County Sheriff's Office arrested eight people on drug-related charges on Wednesday.

Anthony Arthur Ragonesi, 50, of Argo Hill, and Crystal Spring Durham, 39, of Empire, were arrested in Scott's Trailer Park near Argo by members of WCSO and Sumiton Police Department.

Hill is charged with two counts of distribution of a controlled substance (meth). Durham is also charged with distribution of a controlled substance (meth).

Lead Narcotics Agent Blair Huddleston’s efforts spearheaded the bust.

Later in the afternoon, deputies apprehended six people in the Yerkwood community. 

The following individuals were arrested in Yerkwood:

• Candice Parks Gober, 39, of Quinton: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Dustin Shane Decker, 38, of Quinton: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Elizabeth Vera Johnson, 36, of Quinton: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Ashley Rena Works Lanier Yielding, 32, of Jasper: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia and attempting to elude.

• Darryl Steven Rogers, 39, of Quinton: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.

• Frank Daniel Rogers, 43, of Quinton: Unlawful possession of drug paraphernalia.