Man arrested after bomb squad, ATF called to Knox Co. home

By: Paige Quiggins Email
By: Paige Quiggins Email

One man sits in jail for the second night after a bomb squad was called to his house Wednesday in Knox County. Police said what they found in his home could have caused lots of destruction.

The Kentucky State Police bomb squad and the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms, ATF, were called to a home in Knox County after several complaints of an obscene sign near the road.

“Of course everyone is passing by and seeing the sign there, it is obscene, rude,” said Claude Hudson, Jr. a Knox County Sheriff's Deputy.

Hudson said the sign turned out to be just the beginning.

“It looked like a bomb to me on the outside attached garage,” said Hudson.
“I have been to Afghanistan myself and another sheriff's deputy has been on tour to Iraq so we are kind of familiar with that.”

Hudson said they had also been called about his wife who had been allegedly missing for two weeks. Police said that they located her and she just had not been staying at the residence.

Aside from the explosive device, police found 68 rifles and handguns in the living room of the home. The owner, 65-year-old Glenn Powell was arrested.

“One of the guns had been reported stolen by another agency inside Kentucky,” said Hudson.

Hudson said the investigation was prompted by a sign which was displayed in his yard on Kentucky 3440.
The sign referenced a “Hillside Daycare” and had obscene words on it and at the end said “Come one, come all, bring your cat.”

Powell is being held at the Knox County jail on a $100,000 bond. Police said they hope he stays there.

“With his background being an ex-vet and so forth it does raise an eyebrow of why and of course an officer's safety for future calls in that area, is he a danger to himself and others around there?” said Hudson.

Powell faces multiple charges ranging from menacing, terroristic threatening and wanton endangerment. He is expected to be in court on April 3.


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