Warrants: Powell man set booby traps

A Powell area man faces two explosives counts after Knox County authorities say he set booby traps in a home with ammunition.

Joseph I. Dotson, 41, was arrested Monday morning, according to Knox County warrants. He faces a scheduled preliminary hearing Nov. 18, according to records.

Knox County authorities were called about 7:40 a.m. Monday to a residence at  715 N. Whispering Oak Circle in Powell on a "custody issues" call, according to warrants.

They spoke with Laura Dotson, who said she has primary custody of Grace Dotson.

Joseph Dotson failed to take Grace to school on Monday, according to warrants.

As officers stood in Joseph Dotson's room, an officer noticed that a window appeared to be "booby-trapped."

An item appeared to have been duct-taped, and there appeared to be a green wire running from it to a nearby table, records state. The Knox County Sheriff's Office's bomb squad was called.

Two devices were found to be "functional devices," according to warrants.

The first was a .357-caliber bullet inside a metal nut "with a nail filed down, touching the primer wrapped in duct tape," according to warrants. The second "was a .12-gauge shotgun shell with a nail touching the primer wrapped in duct tape." 


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