Bomb threat defendant granted bond

Steven Hammond

WINCHESTER – A Strasburg man accused of threatening to bomb a building was granted bond in Winchester Circuit Court on Monday.

Steven Hammond, 60, has been charged with making a bomb or burn threat and calling or setting an emergency alarm without cause. His charges stem from an April 2 incident, when the Winchester Fire & Rescue Department responded to a fire alarm at the George Washington Hotel and a manager had reported a caller stating there were bombs in the building.

Judge Clifford L. “Clay” Athey Jr. granted Hammond $5,000 secured bond with additional stipulations attached, saying “it appears that mental illness is a component of this.”

As a condition of the bond, Hammond must take all his prescribed medications and has a referral to Northwestern Community Services.

John Bradley, Hammond’s defense attorney, pointed out that members of Hammond’s family were showing their support by attendance in the courtroom and would assure he’d be compliant in taking his medications.

The next date scheduled in Hammond’s case is for the return of a mental examination on Dec. 13.

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