Crime

Explosive device lands W. Richland man in jail

A West Richland man was arrested this weekend after officers found an explosive device.

Police were called about 8 p.m. Sunday to a disturbance at a house on North 60th Avenue.

David Laughery, 35, lived at the home owned by his parents. Officers said he damaged the house during an argument, then left.

They were told Laughery might have cut his wrists, and possibly had a knife and an explosive with him.

West Richland and Richland police, as well as Benton County sheriff’s deputies, found Laughery unhurt, but no explosive was found.

“There was a small device that was located in the area that we believe he had at one point,” said West Richland police Capt. Thomas Grego.

Investigators wouldn’t say where they found the device or what it was.

On Facebook, officials said they had reason to believe the explosive was dismantled Friday or Saturday.

“Based on the information about the device, we did not believe neighboring residences were in danger,” officials posted.

Laughery was booked into the Benton County jail on suspicion of having an explosive device, making false statements, warrants and other misdemeanors.

Cameron Probert: 509-582-1402, @cameroncprobert

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