Grant Acord Accepts Plea Deal

CORVALLIS, Ore. — The teen accused of plotting to blow up West Albany High School agreed to a plea deal Monday afternoon. Grant Acord, 17, admitted to eight counts: six counts of the unlawful manufacture of a destructive device and two counts of an unlawful use of a weapon. He is now in custody of … Continue reading »

Motion Filed in Bomb Plot Case

CORVALLIS, Ore. — A teenager accused of plotting to blow up West Albany High School is set to go to trial in Benton County in the first week of June – but his attorney wants to keep some of the evidence out of the courtroom. Seventeen-year-old Grant Acord was arrested last May after officers say … Continue reading »

Insanity Defense for Bomb Plot Suspect

ALBANY, Ore. — The lawyer for the teen accused of plotting to bomb his West Albany High School is seeking an insanity defense. A hearing was scheduled in Benton County Tuesday, but Acord was not present. The Benton County Prosecutor says Acord’s attorney filed a motion to assert that he is not guilty by reason … Continue reading »

Bomb Threat Suspect in Court

CORVALLIS, Ore. — There was a court hearing Tuesday for the student charged with building bombs and planning an attack on West Albany High School. Seventeen-year-old Grant Acord’s court appointed attorney appeared on his behalf. During the procedural hearing, she and the chief deputy district attorney scheduled Acord’s next hearing for July 16. Police arrested … Continue reading »

West Albany Students Return to School

EUGENE, Ore. — Students at West Albany High School returned to class for the first time Tuesday since one of their classmates was arrested. They say the ordeal will only make them stronger. Like many parents, mother Holly Gastorf hugged and kissed her daughter one last time before dropping her off at the school Tuesday … Continue reading »

Albany Teen Arraigned for Bomb Plot

CORVALLIS, Ore. — After days of searching his home and investigating detailed plans to blow up his high school, Grant Acord made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon. The 17-year-old faced a slew of charges Tuesday afternoon. Topping the list was attempted murder, arson and unlawful use of a weapon. The judge wasn’t lenient. “We’re … Continue reading »

Extra Security Planned at West Albany HS

ALBANY, Ore. — The Albany Police Department is preparing for students and staff to return to West Albany High School for the first time since police stopped a student’s plan to bomb the campus. “This has been a trying time for this community and for the Albany police department,” said Capt. Eric Carter. When students … Continue reading »