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UPDATE: Arrest made in Swisher bomb investigation, North Liberty hit-and-run

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UPDATE: Authorities have made an arrest in connection to the incidents that occurred in North Liberty and Swisher on June 14. 

Police say Lance Edmund Degen, 24, of Swisher has been charged with Carrying Weapons, Assault While Displaying A Dangerous Weapon, and Possession Of An Explosive or Incendiary Device.

These charges are aggravated misdemeanors, punishable by up to 6 years in prison. His bond is set at $15,000 cash or surety.

 He will make an initial court appearance Monday, June 18th. 


UPDATE: The Johnson County Sheriff's Office says the investigation involving the county's bomb squad in Swisher first started following a hit-and-run in North Liberty.

Sergeant Brad Kunkel says the hit-and-run happened around 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, and one of the drivers allegedly displayed a firearm. Kunkel says that interaction eventually took investigators to the home of  325 Division St SW in Swisher. Kunkel says three explosive devices were found upon searching the home on a warrant, and the Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad was called in.

A KWWL crew witnessed two items detonated away from the scene off of Division Street by the bomb squad.

"The devices have been rendered safe, we're also in the process of investigating not only the devices found in the home but other evidence we recovered from the house as well," said Sergeant Kunkel at the scene. "Right now, we don't feel as though there's any more danger to the public from the home."

Authorities would not confirm a statement from a woman who identified herself to KWWL as the homeowner -- who said the items were hunting explosive targets.

He said evidence was collected at the scene which will be analyzed to identify what the device was.

Kunkel says no one has been arrested in the case at this time, but he says charges are pending.

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UPDATE: The Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad has brought items away from the home and onto a rural road.

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UPDATE: The homeowner of the Swisher home where sheriff's deputies and a bomb squad are currently investigating says an exploding hunting target is the cause for the investigation. She says the target is not dangerous.

The Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad has deployed a robot at the scene, which is along Division Street in Swisher.

Authorities at the scene have not given an update at this time, KWWL will bring you that information once it is made available.

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Original Story:

Johnson County Sheriff's deputies and the Johnson County Metro Bomb Squad are at the scene of a home in Swisher.

Deputies currently have a block of Division Street blocked off to traffic, which is where the home is located.

KWWL crew is also at the scene working to learn more information.

This is a developing story, stay with KWWL on air and online as more details emerge.

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