Augusta teen jailed in explosives case

Monday, Aug 23, 2010 10:29 AM
Last updated 10:38 AM
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An Augusta teenager is in jail after a deputy said he caught him detonating homemade explosive devices Sunday.

Antonio Turner, 17, of 825 Spruce Street Apartment  Richmond County jail photo
Richmond County jail photo
Antonio Turner, 17, of 825 Spruce Street Apartment

Antonio Turner, 17, of 825 Spruce Street Apartment 70, is charged with three counts of manufacturing or transporting a destructive device and one count each of obstruction of an officer and reckless conduct, according to Richmond County Jail records. He used household chemicals to make “overpressure devices” in three plastic bottles.

A deputy was responding to a separate incident in the area of M&M Scott Apartments on Spruce Street when he heard a loud explosion, a sheriff’s report said. As he arrived at the apartment, two women came from behind the building and told him “a dude set off a bomb.” As the deputy confronted Turner another bomb exploded, starling the deputy who drew his weapon and ordered Turner to stop. Richmond County bomb technicians investigated the incident. When questioned about the devices, Turner, a Lucy C. Laney High School student, said he learned how to make them by reading about it on the internet at school, the report said.

Investigator Charles Mulherin, a sheriff’s bomb technician, didn’t respond to the incident but said he was briefed on it. He said the pressure devices are very loud and can be dangerous.

“When it goes off it sounds like a 12 gauge shotgun going off,” he said. “They are loud and if done with shrapnel they can be pretty dangerous.”

Turner’s mother, LaShonda Turner, 35, was also arrested following the incident on an unrelated bench warrant, according to jail records.  

 

Reach Adam Folk at (706) 823-3339 or adam.folk@augustachronicle.com.

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Chillen
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Chillen 08/23/10 - 10:48 am
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Mom and son both arrested on

Mom and son both arrested on separate incidents. Their family must be so proud. Family reunions will be simple, just head down to the county jail.

dichotomy
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dichotomy 08/23/10 - 10:49 am
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I can just hear momma now.

I can just hear momma now. "Why you arresting my Antonio? Wait, wait, why you handcuffing me?"

pommom38
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pommom38 08/23/10 - 11:24 am
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Haha.. Well, at least they

Haha..
Well, at least they are keeping it in the family:) This once again proves, kids learn by example!!

NotReallyGA
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NotReallyGA 08/23/10 - 11:24 am
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Let's see if he get's treated

Let's see if he get's treated like the two who went to SC to explode theirs.

chadwick323i
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chadwick323i 08/23/10 - 11:39 am
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They got mad scientists at

They got mad scientists at Laney? Say it ain't so!

Pastor Dan White
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Pastor Dan White 08/23/10 - 11:51 am
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What was a student at Laney

What was a student at Laney doing on a computer learning to make bombs instead of doing legitimate educational work? Why wasn't this student being supervised by an instructor? Laney received a million dollar grant to improve the academics of students there and 1/2 of the faculty was moved to other schools. This incident doesn't look good for the use of the grant money, and I wonder what else is going on with the grant money. How much of the money is being used for the purpose the grant was designed for? Turner's actions is a bad mark on the school. I can only hope that there will be success stories coming out of the school to validate the grant.

PWRSPD
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PWRSPD 08/23/10 - 11:55 am
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Probably mints and diet coke

Probably mints and diet coke or tinfoil and drain cleaner.Not to bad really,but not the right time and place.Gotta laugh bout ma!

Chillen
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Chillen 08/23/10 - 12:03 pm
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Why didn't the Ritz Carlton

Why didn't the Ritz Carlton retreat help Laney teachers educate this kid a little bit better?

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 08/23/10 - 12:10 pm
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Wow! Who knew it is against

Wow! Who knew it is against the law to "transport a destructive device?" That's pretty broad and vague. When I drive home from the gas station with a full gas can for my lawn mower, that gas can could be a "destructive device."

grinder48
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grinder48 08/23/10 - 12:11 pm
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We use to make bombs of all
Unpublished

We use to make bombs of all kinds of description when we were kids and it was fun. But - sadly - the world is so different these days and making bombs just can't be allowed any longer, even if innocently made for only fun or out of curiosity. Another sad commentary on the state of our world today ...

dani
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dani 08/23/10 - 12:15 pm
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grinder You made bombs as a

grinder You made bombs as a kid and was allowed by law to do so?
What country was that?

charliemanson
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charliemanson 08/23/10 - 12:24 pm
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So, the Chronicle has started

So, the Chronicle has started to put people's actual address/apt # in their articles, now???

jg41160
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jg41160 08/23/10 - 12:50 pm
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Pastor White, never mind.

Pastor White, never mind.

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/23/10 - 01:25 pm
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Chill OUT. He's a clever,

Chill OUT. He's a clever, stupid kid doing what kids do, whether they come from great families or awful one. He deserves a swift kick in the butt and some community service, followed by a clean record. Nobody got hurt and he doesn't deserve to have his life ruined for being a standard issue stupid teenage boy. He needs to be challenged and channeled, not destroyed, for being at least somewhat sharp.

Chillen
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Chillen 08/23/10 - 01:31 pm
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Fiat. Agreed he's a stupid

Fiat. Agreed he's a stupid kid but who's going to challenge & channel him, his mother while she sits in jail?!

KSL
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KSL 08/23/10 - 01:48 pm
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Fiat, the obstruction of an

Fiat, the obstruction of an officer is a bit worrisome.

countyman
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countyman 08/23/10 - 01:51 pm
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Smart kid, they need to put

Smart kid, they need to put him into some AP or IB classes to challenge him in school....

3g
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3g 08/23/10 - 02:22 pm
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PastorDan - If you think kids

PastorDan - If you think kids using school computers to look up illegal things is new , well , welcome to the 21st century !
Fiat - agreed , channeling his talents to be constructive IS what is needed for him , which just happens to be where our justice system will fail him .

bdouglas
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bdouglas 08/23/10 - 02:22 pm
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Obviously the arrest will

Obviously the arrest will teach him...what with the stupid grin on his face in the mug shot.

iLove
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iLove 08/23/10 - 02:29 pm
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I can c now that the AC will
Unpublished

I can c now that the AC will be printing any and every little incident that happens @ Laney OR involving a student that attends Laney this school year. . . .xcept for the positive things, of course. Same stuff, different day.

Maybe he was doing the Mentos x Diet Coke experiment. . . who hasn't tried this one?!

Fiat_Lux
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Fiat_Lux 08/23/10 - 02:34 pm
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The obstruction charge is a

The obstruction charge is a bit obscure, based on the article's info, and might well be dismissed. It doesn't sound like he put up a fight or even ran.

As for being challenged and channeled, there are mentoring programs in Augusta. If he got some juvie probation that included mentoring by a person from the community the kid could respect, it could change his whole life, regardless of what his mother is about.

All teenage boys need strong, decent, successful men to show them how to be the same. Mothers, no matter how good, are rarely the ones for that job... because, well, they aren't men.

dani
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dani 08/23/10 - 03:03 pm
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How do we know that this

How do we know that this wasn't just a trial run?

grinder48
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grinder48 08/23/10 - 03:33 pm
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dani - where in my post did I
Unpublished

dani - where in my post did I say it was allowed by law? This was in the late 50s early 60s, a time of much greater innocence. We were typical rock 'em - sock' em, rough-house boys. We might blow up a stump or just blow up the bomb to hear the explosion. To quote John Prine, ".. and empty pop bottles is all we would kill". It was pre-Viet Nam demonstration bombings, pre-Columbine, pre-911, pre-all the horrible events that have changed the world. Probably was against the law and if we were caught we'd probably have had our rears walloped but we never had destructive intent, just boyhood rambunctiousness.

pharmt106
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pharmt106 08/23/10 - 04:19 pm
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who says students dont learn

who says students dont learn anything at Laney High

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Willow Bailey 08/23/10 - 06:20 pm
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Fiat, your family is blessed

Fiat, your family is blessed to have you in leadership in your home. Thank you for putting this in proper perspective with answers to problems. Most of us know the problem, it's the answers we struggle with.

dwb619
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dwb619 08/23/10 - 06:35 pm
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Dani, You should have been

Dani,
You should have been around when an M-80 was as big as a brick-masons thumb. Now, that was a BLAST. While not quite as powerful. the original cherrybomb, could be launched great distances with a sling shot.

momster59
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momster59 08/23/10 - 07:35 pm
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Fiat excellent post. There

Fiat excellent post. There are several devices the boy could have made, most of them causing an explosion, but relatively harmless. There is no mention of destruction of any property, just a loud explosion. I doubt this really warrants the boy needing anything other than a better channel for his inquisitive spirit. Rural kids make these things all the time and get away with it because it's not in the city. With all the gangs, beatings, shootings and drug dealing some teens are getting away with in Aug, they should give him a break and go after the real criminals.
As for the Mama, you don't know, her warrant could be from something as simple as not paying a traffic ticket.

KSL
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KSL 08/23/10 - 07:43 pm
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I know Fiat. I wish the

I know Fiat. I wish the article had explained the why behind that charge.

spotted_assassin
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spotted_assassin 08/23/10 - 10:14 pm
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Thank you Investigator

Thank you Investigator Charles Mulherin...you just told others (who probably hadn't thought about it) on how to change a homemade firecracker into a shrapnel bomb. I'm sure we'll see someone trying this out now!

TakeAstand
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TakeAstand 08/24/10 - 12:08 am
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KSL, I found this article

KSL, I found this article from today, which I never seen in none of the normal places lol It's short info but it says the teen asked the judg about that charge and the judge said he walked away from the deputy, thats the obstruction. Hers the link http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/metro/2010-08-23/suspect-overstreet-br...

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