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Four years for bomb throwing

FARMINGTON — A man has been sentenced to four years in prison for throwing a bomb into a Farmington home five years ago.

Stephen Christopher Radford, 25, of Park Hills, had been placed on five years of supervised probation in 2005 for knowingly burning. On Friday, Circuit Court Judge Sandy Martinez revoked his probation after he admitted to committing new crimes.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Pat King said Radford admitted that while he was on probation he pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct and indecent exposure.

According to court records, in August, Radford went to a female neighbor’s house, knocked on her door, and exposed his genitals in hopes she would be interested in him.

The knowingly burning charge had stemmed from an incident on Oct. 26, 2004.

According to court records, Farmington firefighters and police officers were called to a fire on McCormick Street that was the result of two bombs being thrown into the residence.

A person inside the house told police that the bombs caught a television and a mattress on fire. That person extinguished most of the fire.

While police and firefighters were still at the scene, Radford showed up and acted suspicious.

Radford initially denied any involvement but then confessed to throwing one of the two bombs, knowing at least one person was inside.

He said the man who threw the other bomb made the bombs. A third person had offered to pay the two men in cash or crack cocaine to throw bombs at the house. The motive was drug-related and the intent, he said, was just to scare the occupants.

Radford had originally been charged with first-degree arson but the charge was reduced as part of a plea agreement.

In other cases, Bruce Link, 30, of Park Hills, pleaded guilty to possession of marijuana with intent to distribute.

According to court records, a Texas police officer randomly checked a package that had come through the city on its way to an address in Park Hills. When the officer’s canine detected that narcotics were inside the package, the officer notified the Mineral Area Drug Task Force and had the package sent to them.

A Missouri State Highway Patrol official opened the package and found mustard and scented dryer sheets. Also wrapped up inside the box were eight pounds of marijuana.

The package was then delivered and accepted by a man later identified as Link. The officers conducted surveillance on the residence before serving a search warrant. When police served the warrant, Link attempted to flee.

Inside the home, the officer found the opened box, as well as drug paraphernalia.

Zachary Clampitt, 20, of Park Hills, was sentenced to seven years in prison for second-degree assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest and for violating the probation he received for stealing.

According to court records, on June 15, a Farmington police officer pulled him over for driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen. Clampitt told the officer he didn’t have a license and gave him a fake name.

The officer knew the driver’s real identity and attempted to get him to exit the vehicle. Clampitt then accelerated the vehicle, causing the door to strike the police officer in his leg.

Clampitt led police officers on a high-speed chase on Highway 32 for a couple miles before stopping the vehicle and running into the woods. A police officer was able to catch Clampitt but the man continued to struggle with the officer.

Once he was arrested and taken to the department, Clampitt told police he had heroin in the back of his cell phone. Police lifted the cover and found three rocks of what appeared to be a controlled substance.

Christopher Kelly, 25, of Leadwood, was sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence will run concurrent to the sentence he is already serving. According to court records, he slapped a child who was less than 17 years old.

Patricia B. Shy, 44, of Vulcan, was sentenced to seven years in prison for violating the probation she received for possession of a chemical with intent to make meth.

Placed on five years of supervised probation were Richard M. King, 39, of Park Hills, for failure to pay child support; and Dustin Coulter, 22, of Farmington, for possession of heroin with intent to distribute.

Teresa Ressel is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 179 or at

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