LIMA — A Lima man was jailed Thursday after a two-day investigation into jammed communication signals eventually revealed suspicious and potentially explosive devices at his residence.
Donald McName II, 59, was arrested by Allen County Sheriff’s Office deputies and faces preliminary charges of suspicion of disruption of emergency services, a fourth-degree felony.
“We cannot over-emphasize the incredible threat that this individual’s actions posed to citizens and emergency personnel alike,” said Capt. Andre McConnahea, of the sheriff’s department.
According to a statement from the sheriff’s office, around noon Tuesday deputies began receiving complaints from law enforcement agencies and fire departments of severely diminished radio communications capabilities. Technicians began working to restore services, but after two days of work they were unsuccessful.
At 8 a.m. Thursday, officials began conferencing with Ohio Multi-Agency Radio Communications System, Allen County Emergency Management Agency and other local service providers. It was determined that there was severe interference from an unknown source which could have been purposeful or accidental.
The interference was tracked to a residence at 201 E. Lane St., Lima. Officers made contact with McName at the residence at approximately 3:15 p.m., but he refused to cooperate with further investigation. He denied any knowledge of any devices on his property or in his home that would cause a disruption.
A search warrant was issued for the residence. As that warrant was being drawn up, McName left his home in a vehicle and was stopped by patrol units.
The search warrant was executed at approximately 6:30 p.m. by the Allen County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team. Upon entering the residence, officers immediately were confronted by devices that appeared to be explosives, a sheriff’s office spokesman said. The SWAT team and the Allen County regional bomb squad were called in.
The bomb squad removed one device that was designed in a way with was consistent with a pipe bomb, authorities said. The device was rendered safe, and the rest of the residence was cleared by the bomb squad and SWAT team. During the search, at least one device was located that may have been the source of the interference, along with other items of evidentiary value.
The investigation is ongoing.