West Albany student arrested on bomb charges

2013-05-25T06:00:00Z 2014-01-03T16:00:35Z West Albany student arrested on bomb chargesBy Kyle Odegard, Albany Democrat-Herald Albany Democrat Herald

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Police receive tip that the 17-year-old allegedly planned to blow up the school


A 17-year-old West Albany High School student was arrested by Albany police Thursday night after authorities received a tip that he was “making a bomb with the intention of blowing up the school,” according to a 911 caller.

The youth had asked his friends to film the incident when it happened, the caller said.

Grant Alan Acord, 17, was lodged in the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Facility on charges of two counts of possession of a destructive device and two counts of manufacture of a destructive device.

Police did not disclose the nature of the explosives.

Acord was taken into custody at his house in the 2400 block of Violet Street N.W. in North Albany at 10:26 p.m. Thursday, according to an Albany police news release.

Evidence of the bomb-making and two bombs were found at a family member’s residence in the 2600 block of Raymond Court N.W., the news release states.

On Friday, members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit removed the items from the Raymond Court residence after a search warrant was obtained.

“Now our folks are going to go in and complete the search of the residence,” said Capt. Eric Carter, of the Albany Police Department.

Residents near Raymond Court said they were surprised by the police activity in their nice, quiet neighborhood.

An initial security sweep was conducted at West Albany High School on Thursday night. A more extensive school search, including the use of explosives detection dogs from OSP, was done Friday afternoon. Nothing was found during that search.

In addition to Albany police, the large law enforcement presence included members of the Oregon State Police Explosives Unit and officers from Homeland Security, Vancouver, Wash., Port of Portland and the city of Portland. There were four K9/handler teams.

“This is being done for precautionary measures. School is not in session today. We have that opportunity. We don’t want to take any chances. This is serious and significant enough,” Carter said.

Police receive tip that 17-year-old allegedly planned to blow up WAHS

As explosive sniffing canines exited the north side of the high school on Friday afternoon, the Bulldog softball team played at the southwest end of campus.

Junior Hayden Layne said most students were shocked.

“It’s kind of scary to think that he was making a bomb for school,” said senior Joe Miller, as he walked to the softball diamond.

West Albany High School Principal Susie Orsborn declined comment Friday afternoon.

The Albany Police Department is conducting the investigation with the Benton County District Attorney’s Office, the Benton County Sheriff’s Office, the Greater Albany Public Schools and Albany Fire Department.

Those with information about the case can call the Albany Police detective unit at 541-917-7686.


Kyle Odegard covers public safety for the D-H. He can be contacted at 541-812-6077 or kyle.odegard@lee.net.

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(3) Comments

  1. UncleJr
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    UncleJr - May 26, 2013 11:06 am
    They need to tell us who the person is that called to report this so everyone can thank him. He or she deserves a reward. OSU should give them a full ride scholarship for it.
  2. Always A Mom
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    Always A Mom - May 24, 2013 11:43 pm
    I, too, would like to sincerely thank the person who called in the information! Instead of being another national headline, our community can rejoice in the fact that our children are safe! As a parent, there is nothing more important to me! May the caller feel this gratitude and live with pride knowing his/her actions were more than honorable! THANK YOU a million times over!!!!
  3. Sirius Zack
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    Sirius Zack - May 24, 2013 7:50 pm
    I'm taking a guess here that one of his friends turned him in. If so, and if you are reading this, Thank You for making that tough call. You have made the right choice, and bless you.
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