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Man angry over child support is accused of threatening to blow up prosecutor's office in Shawnee

Carl C. Grande, 50, of Shawnee, was arrested Thursday, accused of threatening to blow up the Pottawatomie County district attorney's office.
BY ANN KELLEY akelley@opubco.com Published: February 10, 2012
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A Shawnee man angry over a child support order was arrested Thursday, accused of threatening to blow up the Pottawatomie County district attorney's office.

Carl C. Grande, 50, was jailed on complaints of using a telephone to make a bomb threat.

He turned himself in to police in Carthage, Mo. His bail is set at $50,000.

District Attorney Richard Smothermon said Grande threatened his office Thursday morning. He said authorities decided to approach it more cautiously than usual when they learned a tractor trailer rig had been stolen a few hours before.

“We take every threat seriously, but this one shook us up a little more,” Smothermon said. “Usually, they're threatening to kill me or shoot up the office — not blow up the building.”

Police cordoned off the streets in a four block radius of Smothermon's office, which is downtown near the county courthouse, a city park and a municipal auditorium.

Investigator Brad Gaylord was stationed on top of a local bank with a sniper's rifle, watching for the man, Smothermon said.

Smothermon said they tracked Grande through his cellphone, and found him traveling through Missouri. Police encouraged him to turn himself in to authorities there so he could verify he was not in Shawnee.

“He asked if he was going to be arrested,” Smothermon said. “What did he think we were going to do — let him go after all the chaos he caused?”

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