Bomb explodes in mailbox, suspect arrested

Jody Hall (Source: Fulton County Sheriff's Department)
Jody Hall (Source: Fulton County Sheriff's Department)

SALEM, AR (KAIT) – A blast that went off in a Fulton County mailbox was said to have been heard over six miles away.

According to the Fulton County Sheriff Department, a bomb exploded in a mailbox on Harmony Hill Sept. 27 around 9:30 p.m.

Police said Jody Hall, 57, of Salem, was developed as a suspect and later arrested and charged with two counts of criminal use of a prohibited weapon, 31 counts of criminal acts involving explosives, and one count of driving while intoxicated (DWI).

Fulton County Sheriff Kenneth "Buck" Foley said his department worked with the United States Postal Inspectors Service (USPIS) and ATF agents to investigate the bombing and allegations that Hall had also made a silencer for a .22 caliber rifle.

On Oct. 2, USPIS said it found that Hall was at the scene of the bombing. Sheriff Foley and Chief Deputy Al Roork arrested Hall later that day during a traffic stop for DWI. Officers said they found a semiautomatic handgun on his person.

Police said they later executed a search warrant on Hall's residence, but did not go into detail on what they found.

Hall is being held in lieu of $500,000 cash bond only at the Fulton County Jail.

Officers said the investigation is ongoing.

The Fulton County Sheriff Department, USPIS, ATF, Arkansas State Police, 16th Judicial Drug Task Force, and the Salem Police Department all worked together to make this arrest.

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