Rabun Co. Makes Arrest in Suspicious Package Incident

By Craig Salmon, WRBN Radio, Clayton

Authorities in Rabun County said they have made an arrest in connection to a suspicious package dismantled by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation bomb squad earlier this month.

The Rabun County Sheriff’s Office said authorities have taken an arrest warrant for 44-year-old Roger Jerry Lovell of Covington, Georgia on a charge of manufacturing or possessing an explosive device.

On the afternoon of June 14, authorities found the suspicious package on Old Highway 441 South near Tiger.

According to Rabun County Sheriff Frank Andrews, his office’s Chief Deputy John Crane and Rabun County Sheriff’s Office explosive detection K-9 Pinda found an item consistent with a homemade explosive device and K-9 Pinda gave a positive alert for explosives within the package.

Crane said the GBI Bomb Squad used a water cannon to render the device safe.

A water cannon is designed to disrupt any electronics and reduce the volatility of any powders within an explosive device.

Rabun County Sheriff’s Office Chief Investigator Gerald Johnson said he does not feel the device was designed to hurt anyone.

Sources indicated Lovell contends he was not doing anything wrong, but was only trying to create a novelty device.