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Pizzeria bomb dismantled

Wednesday, March 20, 2002

    A bomb technician dismantled a potentially dangerous explosive March 14 at the Fulton County Sheriff's Office.
    John Miller of the Arkansas State Police identified the substance in a box that Salem Police Chief Albert Roork seized Feb. 13.
Roork said Miller used a portable X-ray machine to examine the contents before opening it. The box contained a battery, gunpowder and wires with a note that had instructions on how to place the apparatus on a vehicle. The note said to place the device by the fuel line, then cut the fuel line and connect it to the ignition source.
    In theory, Roork said the device could have caused a fire. The box in question was discovered in February when Roork was dispatched to a local restaurant.
    Roork responded to the call Feb. 13 at Pete's Pizzeria when Mike McRae, manager, told him that a customer, Christopher Timothy Smith of Salem, asked to speak to him in his office at the restaurant. Upon entering the office, Smith allegedly handed McRae a shoebox strapped closed with duct tape.
    McRae said he asked about the contents and Smith told him the box contained two explosive devices, according to Roork. Smith allegedly asked McRae if he would give the box to another customer, Kenny Diemond.
    A short while later, Diemond entered the restaurant and argued with Smith. McRae said he told Smith to leave the premises and told Diemond to go into the pool room.
    When Roork arrived on the scene McRae told him he wanted the box out of the restaurant. Roork apprehended Smith in the vicinity and transported him to jail. Roork said he believed this incident was part of a longtime feud between Diemond and Smith.
    Smith is charged with terroristic threatening in the first degree, a class D felony. Smith was released from jail that night after posting a $20,000 bond.
After appearing in circuit court March 19, the court granted a motion for continuance of his case until April 16.

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