Ripley High School graduate expelled from UNA

RIPLEY – A University of North Alabama freshman who was a star Ripley High School cross country runner was arrested and expelled last week for setting off a homemade bomb. Dusty Talley, 18, was arrested by university police on Feb. 25, along with Aaron Bush, 19, of Wilsonville, Ala., William Dill, 22, of Muscle Shoals, Ala., and Collins Montgomery, 18, of Moulton, Ala. Each student was charged with criminal possession of explosives, a Class C felony. However, the Lauderdale County, Ala. district attorney dropped the charges on Friday pending review by a grand jury in April. The students are accused of exploding a homemade device in the middle of a street near the university’s fraternity houses on Feb. 21. The plastic soda bottle containing a corrosive drain cleaner that was used in the incident is also called an acid bomb. No one was injured and there was no property damage from the explosion, but the students were expelled because they violated the university’s code of conduct, a university spokesman said. “The university is glad that no one was injured and there was no property damage,” said university relations Director Josh Woods. “Devices like this can be extremely dangerous and have been known to cause very serious injuries and we are glad we didn’t face that with this incident.” The four students will appear before the university hearing board this week, facing possible outcomes that range from permanent expulsion to having the incident wiped from the record, Woods said, though either of those extremes is unlikely.

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