Preliminary Hearing Rescheduled in Weirton Bomb Case

A Weirton man accused of placing three bombs around the Weirton Municipal Building earlier this month had his preliminary hearing rescheduled during a second appearance in Hancock County Magistrate Court Friday.

David Jared Patterson, 23, is being charged with three counts of criminal use of an explosive device.

Weirton attorney Alex Risovich is representing Patterson, who was denied a bond reduction by Magistrate Michael White during his first court appearance on May 23.

Magistrate Scott Hicks, who was standing in for White Friday, informed Patterson and his attorney that a preliminary hearing would be rescheduled for 10:30 a.m. June 13.

The investigation leading to Patterson’s arrest began at about 11 p.m. on May 5, when Weirton police officers discovered three chemical explosive devices outside of the city building, according to Police Chief Bruce Marshall.

Two were found near the base of the building, and one was found beneath a police cruiser in the parking lot of the Municipal Plaza.

The explosives were defused and later picked up by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. A federal investigation is ongoing.

Police arrested Patterson at 3344 West St. around 1:30 p.m. May 21. He remains in custody at the West Virginia Northern Regional Jail in Moundsville on $150,000 bond.