Talley bomb charges dropped

FLORENCE, ALA. – The Lauderdale County (Ala.) district attorney dropped a charge of criminal possession of explosives against Dusty Talley, a 2008 Ripley High School graduate, pending a review by the grand jury set for April according to published reports. Talley was among four students arrested after a homemade bomb exploded Feb. 21 at the University of North Alabama. No injuries or damages were reported but the students were expelled for violation of the school’s code of conduct, reports indicated. This week the four students will appear before the university hearing board, where their fate could be anything from permanent expulsion to having the incident removed from their records, according to published reports. Talley was attending UNA on a cross-country scholarship. The other three students are from Alabama and on the cross-country team as well. 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.

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