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Crime & Courts

Genoa man found with explosive devices released on bond

Search of home yielded 2 more devices

DeKalb County Sheriff's officers exit a house on Railroad Avenue in Genoa Tuesday where authorities were executing a search warrant.
DeKalb County Sheriff's officers exit a house on Railroad Avenue in Genoa Tuesday where authorities were executing a search warrant.

SYCAMORE – A Genoa man accused of having dynamite wrapped with nails in his car was in court again Wednesday after a search warrant found two similar devices in his home.

Joseph D. Walsh, 54, of the 200 block of East Railroad Avenue, faces new charges of unlawful use of a weapon after a search of his home Tuesday by Genoa police, DeKalb County Sheriff’s Special Operations Team, Rockford police bomb squad and agents of the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives from the Rockford Field Office.

The search warrant was issued Tuesday after a DeKalb County Sheriff’s detective and an ATF agent interviewed Walsh after he was released from jail.

During that interview, Walsh admitted he had additional incendiary devices in his home, according to court records. He said a friend had given him homemade fireworks made with what he thought was black powder.

He said he had used duct tape to wrap the devices in stones and nails, according to court documents.

Walsh initially was jailed after Genoa police found a similar device in his car Monday night as they investigated a report of a road rage incident in which Walsh was believed to be involved. An officer who searched Walsh’s 1995 Subaru found what was described in court records as a half-stick of dynamite wrapped in duct tape and nails.

Judge Phillip Montgomery released Walsh on his signature Wednesday. DeKalb County Assistant State’s Attorney Brooke Locke requested a $100,000 bond Wednesday because of the two additional explosive devices found in Walsh’s home. He said it presented a “significant threat to the public.”

Montgomery said he was familiar with the case and had signed the search warrant. He said that Walsh is innocent until proved guilty.

As conditions of his release, Walsh will be placed on electronic home monitoring, be subject to pretrial supervision and must surrender his FOID card, a concealed carry license if he has one, and any firearms that were not turned up during the search Tuesday.

The search recovered firearms and and ammunition, in addition to the two explosive devices, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

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