Tuesday, December 5, 2023

Remember when a bomb squad searched a man’s home in James City County? There’s been an arrest

(WYDaily/Courtesy of Riverside Regional Jail)
(WYDaily/Courtesy of Riverside Regional Jail)

Police on Monday said an arrest has been made in connection with a suspicious package call last month which led to a bomb squad and FBI searching a man’s home in James City County.

Adam Ringgenberg, 35, of James City County, was arrested last week by Hopewell Police on a charge of manufacture, transport, distribute, possess or use a fire bomb or explosive materials or devices, according to a news release from James City County Police.

He is being held without bond in the Riverside Regional Jail.

It was on Nov. 16 that James City County Police officers and fire crews responded to the 200 block of Old Cart Road regarding a suspicious package allegedly left by Ringgenberg in a neighbor’s driveway.

Ringgenberg was taken into custody during that time for a “mental health evaluation,” police said.

“As far as I know the contents of the bag were ammunition, military dog tags and some paperwork,” said James City County Police Deputy Chief Steve Rubino said in November.

Ringgenberg allegedly told police and fire officials he had a white phosphorus trip wire grenade in his garage – the man, police said, “previously served in the military, but was not enlisted at the time.”

Residents in the area were instructed to shelter in place. One resident requested assistance in evacuating, police said.

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A search warrant was obtained and Newport News Bomb Squad assisted with the search.

An M49A1 Surface Trip Flare was found in the home, police said, adding a Navy ordnance disposal technician took possession of the military ordinance for proper disposal.


John Mangalonzo
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John Mangalonzo (john@localdailymedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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