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Explosive device leads to charges

An area man has been charged with two felonies after he went to police about an explosive device.

Brian Duncan, 43, of Leadwood, is being charged with a class D felony of possession of a controlled substance and a class D felony of unlawful possession of an explosive weapon.

According to a probable cause statement, on Dec. 25 Duncan came to the Leadwood Police Department and spoke with Leadwood Police Chief William Dickey about an explosive device. Duncan told Dickey that when he woke up the day before on Dec. 24 he went out to his truck and found the explosive device in the back seat of his truck.

The chief and his sergeant took the explosive device, later identified as a pipe bomb, and placed it in a brown evidence bag. Dickey reported that when he looked at the pipe bomb there wasn’t anything inside of it and it also appeared to be old since there was dust on it.

After Duncan handed over the bomb the chief told him he would come to his house to speak with him. The chief said after several attempts of trying to make contact with Duncan, he finally contacted the police department and said he was being stalked by “the family.”

Dickey asked Duncan to tell him again about the pipe bomb and Duncan said he traded a pocket knife to a guy in Leadwood for it. Dickey asked Duncan who the person was that he traded with and Duncan said he didn’t know the guy. He couldn’t tell the chief where the guy lived either.

Dickey confirmed that Duncan in fact had a pipe bomb that was wired and ready to go, all it needed was the powder inside of it. 

The report said on Dec. 27 Dickey spoke with an individual with the VA who said Duncan made a phone call to their crisis center making threats of harming his neighbors. Duncan told the crisis center that he was fed up and was going to back to “his old ways.”

Duncan also said he was going to take his four-wheel drive truck, a gas can and his neighbor out into the woods and kill the neighbor. Dickey noted that the Farmington VA Clinic wanted law enforcement to get Duncan into a mental health facility. Duncan was placed in a mental health facility two weeks prior to this incident and was there for five days.

The report said the sergeant confiscated a handgun from Duncan’s house and it was also placed into evidence. Duncan also has an order of protection against him and several officers from the department assisted in taking Duncan into custody.

Dickey reported that when they went to Duncan’s house, he answered the door and came with them peacefully. Once they arrived at the St. Francois County Jail, Dickey asked if he could search Duncan’s home and he was hesitant at first, but then agreed. When officers went inside Duncan’s home they found electric wire wrapped up in the cabinet by the stove.

They also found three different AR-15 magazines on a table in the bedroom and one magazine filled with military grade 556 ammo on the couch. Duncan also had a black sword on the couch. When officers went in Duncan’s bedroom they found a cigarette pack with a plastic baggie inside containing meth.

Duncan was being held in the St. Francois County Jail on a $25,000 cash-only bond.



Renee Bronaugh is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-518-3617 or

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