Talley charged after UNA bomb explosion

FLORENCE, ALA. – Dusty Talley, a 2008 Ripley High School graduate, was among four students arrested after a homemade bomb exploded Saturday night at the University of North Alabama, according to published reports. Talley was attending UNA on a cross-country scholarship. The other three students are from Alabama. There were no injuries and a university official said that all four students were expelled for their role in the incident. What authorities believe to be an acid bomb – a soda bottle filled with drain cleaner — exploded near fraternity row, according to published reports. Last year, Talley was one of the first three Ripley High School graduating seniors ever to be awarded college cross-country scholarships. Talley was also a member of Ripley High School’s first-ever State Championship 3A track team last year. Fred Smith, who was Talley’s coach in high school and now coaches at Blue Mountain College, remembers him as a gifted runner who never had any obedience problems. “I’m praying for him,’ Smith said Friday morning. All of the young men were charged with a Class C felony, criminal possession of explosives, and were released from the Lauderdale County Detention Center after posting $1,000 bond, reports indicated.

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