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Bomb-Threat Charge Goes to Grand Jury

The case against a Penderbrook man who allegedly threatened to bomb the Loudoun County Government Center is moving forward in the legal system. He is Charles McMillion, 43, of 3861 Inverness Road.

In August, he was arrested near his home and charged with a felony count of threat to bomb and two misdemeanors of making a profane threat to the public.

Investigator Shannon Coderre of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office presented details in an Aug. 24 affidavit for a warrant to search McMillion's home and car for possible evidence. She wrote that, on Aug. 1 around 2:30 p.m., a man called the Sterling branch of the Loudoun County Treasurer's Office.

"He told the call taker that they had just garnished his wages and home and that he was upset," wrote Coderre. "He then [allegedly] advised the call taker that he had just left the government center and had left an explosive device in the building."

As a result of the threat, the government center was evacuated and searched for several hours, and no explosive devices were found. After further investigation, authorities reportedly identified McMillion as the caller and, on Aug. 24, he was arrested inside his car on South Penderbrook Drive.

Then on Nov. 2 in Loudoun County General District Court, before Judge Cannon, the threat to bomb was certified to the grand jury. The other two charges were dropped.

<tgl> — Bonnie Hobbs