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Sweep Nets Seven Arrests
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If you thought you heard a bomb explode in Riverbank on Wednesday morning, you were right.

Police conducting a probation sweep in Riverbank on Aug. 6 found several pipe bombs, which led them to evacuate Burneyville Road residents and Jacob Myers Park visitors and call the Stanislaus County Sheriff's bomb disposal squad to detonate the explosive devices at the site.

Stuart Alfred Eggleston, 49, was arrested in the 7000 block of Burneyville Road about 9:45 a.m. on suspicion of illegal possession of explosives and possession of a destructive device in a public place in addition to probation violation.

Sheriff's deputies found two pipe bombs taped together and two smaller, separate ones in a shed near his home about 150 feet south of the river opposite the park, said Deputy James Walsh. They evacuated 20 to 30 people and summoned the bomb disposal unit that investigated with a robot before deciding the bombs were too sensitive to move and setting them off where they were.

The explosion, accompanied by a lot of noise and smoke, wrecked the shed.

During the daylong probation sweep, involving the search of 21 homes, 10 failures to contact and seven arrests, police also arrested Travis Lee McCullough 32; Darrin Hardy, 39; Rodney Turman, 37; Gilbert Garcia, 36; Philip Munoz, 31; and Jessie Ramirez, 42.

Deputies found McCullough in possession of a sawed-off shotgun, "a ballistic vest" and drug paraphernalia. He was arrested at his home in the 3800 block of Sierra Street on charges of felony possession of a firearm, possession of an illegal weapon, possession of hypodermic needles and violation of parole.