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Wiseman arrested after threats

By Staff | Dec 15, 2010

A New Martinsville man is behind bars after being arrested in Wheeling by U.S. Marshals on three Wetzel County warrants

On Dec. 8, Bradford Wiseman, 46, formerly of New Martinsville, was arrested in Wheeling. Wiseman is suspected of three bomb threats to two New Martinsville businesses and the Tyler County Fair.

In August, Wetzel County Sheriff James Hoskins received a complaint involving phone harassment. The victim stated that Wiseman was using the phone to leave threatening messages at his residence. Upon further investigation, it was alleged that he may have also phoned a bomb threat to local businesses.

The Tyler County Sheriff’s Office received a call from the Tyler County Fair Board in August. According to the report, a male subject called the Fair Office and advised that a bomb was to explode at the fairgrounds in 20 minutes and would kill within 50 yards.

The fairgrounds were evacuated and the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office, Middlebourne Fire Department, Shirley Fire Department, Middlebourne EMS, West Virginia State Police and the Tyler County Fair Board members checked all areas.

Phone records indicated that calls were placed to the New Martinsville Wal-Mart, Speedway and the Tyler County Fair from Wiseman’s cell phone that matched the times the threats were received.

Wetzel County Chief Deputy Rob Haught obtained felony warrants charging Wiseman made terroristic threats on April 10, June 23, Aug. 3.

Wiseman left the New Martinsville area shortly after being interviewed by Sheriff Hoskins and Chief Deputy Haught and had been considered a fugitive until he was located at Northwood Health Services in Wheeling.

The warrants were forwarded to the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force for service.

Wiseman was taken into custody without incident and was placed in the Northern Regional Jail.

The Wetzel and Tyler County Sheriff’s Offices are continuing the investigation.