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Saturday, Apr 19 2014 07:56 PM

Explosion report yields arrest

BY THEO DOUGLAS Californian staff writer tdouglas@bakersfield.com

A 25-year-old South Lake man is being held without bail for failing to appear on three felony charges after being arrested in rural northeast Kern County, a Kern County Sheriff's Office official said Saturday.

Some details on the arrest of Isaiah Daniel Stead remained sketchy Saturday as KCSO reports were still being filed.

The chain of events began around 2 p.m. Friday, however, when KCSO deputies responded to reports of an explosion and served a search warrant in the 4700 block of Larsen Road in South Lake.

Initially, only sheriff's deputies responded, but called in at least one other unit once Stead was taken into custody.

"There was a report of a possible explosion and since he had that prior case, then they ended up going and calling our bomb squad after they arrested him and they did a search of his residence," said Kern County Sheriff's Lt. Lance Grimes. "They did not find any indication of an explosive device and they did not seize any explosive devices."

Ultimately, sheriff's deputies, KCSO's Special Enforcement Group, its Air Support team, and the Kern County Bomb Squad responded.

Stead is being held for an outstanding no bail felony warrant for possession of an explosive device in a public place, possession of narcotics, and possession of a stolen vehicle. All three are felony charges stemming from a Nov. 15 arrest for which he also faces two misdemeanors for possession of drug paraphernalia and driving without a license, according to Kern County Superior Court records.

Stead is due in Kern County Superior Court in Bakersfield for a pre-preliminary hearing Tuesday on these charges and for failing to appear. He also faces three misdemeanor charges in two other cases, in Kern County Superior Court's East Division in Ridgecrest at a pre-trial conference on Monday.

In Ridgecrest, Stead faces charges of using or being under the influence of a controlled substance, in connection with a Sept. 2 arrest, as well as driving without a license or insurance in connection with a 2012 case. Stead could face additional charges as well. When the South Lake property was searched, deputies found and seized a quantity of marijuana and a sawed-off .22-caliber rifle.

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