Pemiscot Co. man appears in court after police find grenade, bomb material in home

Harold Kentner (Source: Pemiscot Co Sheriff's Dept.)
Harold Kentner (Source: Pemiscot Co Sheriff's Dept.)

WARDELL, MO (KAIT) – A Region 8 man who faces several charges after a search led Pemiscot County law enforcement to a grenade and bomb making material in his home, appeared in court Monday.

Harold Kentner appeared in court Monday and judge set his bond at $200,000.

According to Pemiscot County Sheriff Tommy Greenwell, officers responded to a disturbance call in Wardell early Saturday morning. Sheriff Greenwell said when deputies arrived they found 48-year-old Kentner intoxicated. Deputies said Kentner was belligerent and resisted arrest, but was eventually subdued by deputies.

Officers obtained a warrant to search Kentner's home and found a live grenade, bomb-making material, several weapons and a controlled substance.

The items were seized and officers say another investigation into shots fired involving Kentner is ongoing.

Kentner's mother, who spoke to Region 8 News, but did not want to be identified, does not believe her son planned to harm anyone or destroy any property.

She said the situation was blown out of proportion.

"If you talk to him he wouldn't have three words to say to you. He's just real quiet. He's a quiet person. He's not normally a rowdy person."

She believes stress caused her son to drink too much alcohol and get arrested.

"The gin that he worked at his closing down, so he's going to be out of a job," she said. "That added a lot of pressure right there."

The Southeast Missouri Regional Bomb Squad, ATF and the Bootheel Drug Task Force assisted in the investigation.

Kentner is facing four charges, which include two counts of unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of an illegal weapon, one count of unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of a firearm and one count of resisting or interfering with an arrest.

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