Bomb Squad Removes IED Explosives From Tescott Apartment

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A tense situation unfolded Friday night into Saturday morning in the community of Tescott in Ottawa County.

Authorities were alerted by neighbors in an apartment complex of what they believed to be IED, or improvised explosive devices, in an apartment.

At approximately 11 p.m. Friday a search warrant was issued and the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Department searched apartment 3 at 440 Lee Street in Tescott. Upon finding possible IED explosives, the Ottawa County Sheriff’s Office left the apartment, and contacted the Riley County Bomb Squad, who responded.

Apartment tenants were evacuated approximately 2 a.m. Saturday at the recommendation of the bomb squad.

The bomb squad removed 4 IED type explosives from the apartment, and residents were allowed to return to their units. No additional information was released by authorities, and family members of the resident of the apartment in question say he is undergoing a mental evaluation.

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KWCH TV contributed to this report.

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Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.