Royse City Herald-Banner

Local News

November 11, 2013

Royse City man arrested for possession of pipe bomb late Saturday

A 46-year-old Royse City man was arrested late Saturday night after officers found a pipe bomb in his vehicle on FM 35, about a half mile south of FM 2642.

Royse City Police Chief Jeff Stapleton said Gregory Bostick of Royse City was arrested for possessing the explosive device. The police chief said Bostick was released from Hunt County Jail Sunday morning after posting bond.

The Garland Police Department Bomb Squad did not risk moving the pipe bomb from the floor board of the man's small SUV. Instead, Stapleton said, they chose to detonate the bomb – in place – inside the vehicle.

Residents of two homes within 300 yards of the bomb scene were evacuated. Traffic also was blocked on FM 2642 north of the scene and at an undetermined location south of the scene.

The events began to unfold when Sgt. Nick Dial of the Royse City Police Department noticed a suspicious vehicle pulling onto FM 35 from a Hunt County road. Dial became concerned about the vehicle because it was late at night – about 11 p.m. – and the county road is unimproved and leads to a remote area off FM 35.

Dial stopped the vehicle in the 7000 block of FM 35 after learning that the license plates had expired. The vehicle was occupied by Bostick, the driver, and an unidentified woman who later was released.

While Dial had Bostick outside his vehicle, a Rockwall County Sheriff's Office deputy arrived. The deputy spotted what appeared to be a pipe bomb on the floor board of the vehicle.

The Garland Police Department Bomb Squad was then notified. The bomb was detonated between 1 and 1:30 a.m.

Stapleton said officers have not determined why the suspect had the bomb.

Because of the unknown, the police chief, if Dial had not stopped the vehicle "it could have gone bad real quick.

"A device like that is for nothing more than causing harm," Stapleton said.

A shotgun also was found in the vehicle, according to Stapleton.

The incident occurred on the Hunt County side of the city limits of Royse City.

The investigation is being handled by the Royse City Police Department and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF).

 

1
Text Only
Local News
  • RGB_RCISD_Tech_4-8-14.jpg DIGITAL LEADERSHIP: Scott principal brings 21st century learning to Royse City

    Digital learning and 21st century learning skills are key topics of conversation among today’s educators.
    They are also important conference topics, according to a Royse City Independent School District principal who covered both at a recent state conference and is scheduled to make a similar presentation to a national audience this summer.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_FM_552_expansion_meeting_4-15-14.jpg PAVING THE WAY: TxDOT provides first look at future expansion of FM 552

    Rockwall County may see perhaps its biggest road improvement project come to light in the next four years, with a proposed six-lane expansion to FM 552 stretching between Texas 205 and 66.

    April 16, 2014 1 Photo

  • RGB_Big_Sky_2_4-8-14.jpg Big Sky holds party at grand opening

    The vast, open land on both sides of County Road 2584 provides a very peaceful feel for those traveling it. From the large porch area at the new Big Sky Event Hall, all one can see is 250 acres of grass dotted by a few trees and a pond.

    April 12, 2014 1 Photo

  • New development planned off I-30

    Royse City will continue taking steps towards bringing in more retail with a groundbreaking scheduled this month for the 1.5-acre development at the corner of Interstate 30 and FM 2642.

    April 11, 2014

  • Pille tournament slated for this weekend

    The Royse City High School Interact Club invites residents to play for Austin Pille during its golf tournament fundraiser at Stone River Golf Club this coming Saturday.

    April 10, 2014

  • Bulldogs release 2014 football schedule

    A new district and new classification brings with it a totally revamped football schedule as the Royse City Bulldogs will see in the 2014 season. The Bulldogs – who move into District 12-5A – will see some familiar foes and a few they won’t be too familiar with at all.

    April 9, 2014

  • Fate council approves new city manager

    The Fate City Council has at last made a final decision on the hiring of a city manager.
    After another lengthy executive session to start  a regular meeting Monday night, the council unanimously voted to hire Michael Kovacs to fill the position.

    April 9, 2014

  • Summer camps planned by B&G Club

    Parents looking to provide their kids with some summer fun can sign them up for the Boys and Girls Club’s summer programs in Rockwall and Royse City.

    April 7, 2014

  • RGB_DSC_0032_4-1-14.jpg Fate girls throws birthday party for 103-year-old resident

    Evelyn Fife sat in the dining area of the Royse City Health and Rehab Center, surrounded by quite a few friendly faces, a glittery tiara reading “Happy Birthday” on her head, and a large cake with white, purple and pink frosting on the table in front of her.

    April 5, 2014 1 Photo

  • John Stacy announces endorsement for Hall

    Congressman Ralph Hall received another endorsement from a March opponent earlier this week for his run-off election with John Ratcliffe, scheduled for May 27.

    April 4, 2014

AP Video
Featured Ads
Must Read
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook