Two Davenport men were arrested Wednesday after the discovery of homemade bomb and an illegal weapon in the town of Davenport.
Delaware County sheriff’s deputies said they received a report of the device and confirmed its presence. A search warrant was obtained and executed by deputies, investigators and members of the New York State Police Bomb Disposal Unit. The device was examined and then rendered safe at that location by New York State Police explosives technicians, according to a media release from deputies.
A search of the residence led to the discovery of a number of fireworks and components commonly used in the manufacture of improvised explosive devices, according to the release.
Deputies arrested and charged Russell L. Fisher, 36, Davenport, with first-degree criminal possession of a weapon (explosive substance), a felony. He was arraigned in the Davenport Town Court and was sent to the Delaware County jail on $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Deputies said they also discovered Joseph L. Fisher, 58, also of Davenport, in possession of a high capacity ammunition loading device. Joseph Fisher was arrested and charged with the third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, and unlawfully dealing with fireworks, a violation. Joseph Fisher was issued an appearance ticket directing him to appear in the Davenport Town Court on a later date to answer the charges.
Lisa Fisher, mother of Russell and wife of Joseph, told The Daily Star she was the one who reported the explosive device to police. She said Russell made a pipe bomb using black powder from a muzzle-loading gun, and threatened to kill himself with it. "I called 911. I wasn't taking any chances," she said.
She said Russell has suffered from depression and mental illness.
Lisa Fisher said the fireworks in the home were "left over from the Fourth of July," and that her husband did not know the 15-round clip he had for a hunting weapon was illegal. She said police gave the gun and bullets back to Joseph Fisher.
"This whole thing has been blown out of proportion," she said.
In the release, Sheriff Craig DuMond encouraged the public to immediately call 911 to report any suspicious devices or packages that may be an imminent threat to public safety. He also reminded the public of the state’s "See Something, Say Something" campaign and to call the state's Terrorism Tip Line (1-866-SAFE-NYS or 1-866-723-3697) to report suspicious activity that might relate to terrorism.