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Dexter teen is facing charges

Friday, March 25, 2005

BLOOMFIELD - A Dexter teen, certified to face charges including armed criminal action and making a terroristic threat, is being held without bond in the Stoddard County Jail.

Stoddard County Sheriff Carl Hefner reported today Josh T. Stroder 16, following certification as an adult is being held in the jail. He is charged with first degree tampering, knowingly burning, first degree property damage, first degree assault, two counts of armed criminal action, two counts of unlawful use of a weapon, stealing, possession of a controlled substance and terroristic threat.

Stroder was arrested on Nov. 17 after a brief investigation by the Dexter Police made Stroder the primary suspect in a bombing at the residence of Robert and Janice Barney's home in Dexter.

The bomb used was an improvised ordinance made by Stroder using cans of spray paint with rounds of ammunition taped around the outside of the cans. Though it is not yet known exactly why the Barney's home was targeted, it is believed that the motive had something to do with Janice Barney being a teacher in Dexter Public Schools.

A hearing was conducted Feb. 4 and on March 11 Judge Joe Z. Satterfield ruled Stroder should stand trial as an adult.

Stroder was in the custody of juvenile authorities since the November incident then housed in a cell at the Dexter Police Station until being moved to the Stoddard County jail.