Man found with fire bombs, police say

He's accused of threatening to burn down house, churches
Jan. 07, 2014 @ 08:24 AM

Lenoir police say that when officers went to investigate a report that a man's grandson had threatened to burn down the house on Cedar Place where the grandson lived, the grandson let them in -- and there on a table was what looked like a Molotov cocktail.

It was a bottle of Olde English malt liquor with liquid inside, and a paper towel stuffed into the neck like a wick, Capt. Couby Stilwell said.

When such an item is used as a fire bomb, the wick would be lit, the bottle would be thrown, and when the glass shatters the flames ignite the bottle's contents.

Officers went to get a search warrant and returned to seize the bottle and search the house. The liquid inside the bottle has not been identified yet, but during the search officers also found a butane-filled glass globe, from a ceiling fan, wrapped in paper towels. A glass marijuana pipe, a syringe and some pills also were found inside the house, according to a search warrant turned in to the clerk of courts office.

Joseph Scott Bolick Jr., 22, was charged with making, selling or possessing a nuclear, biological or chemical weapon and possession of drug paraphernalia. His bond was set at $50,000.

Bolick's house is owned by his grandfather, Jack Bolick, who told police that Bolick Jr. said the house was possessed and he needed to burn it down, along with some churches. But Jack Bolick said Monday that he doesn't believe his grandson meant to carry out the threat.

"I don't think he meant to burn my house down, but I didn't want to take any chances," he said. "The boy has issues with drugs and needs a mental evaluation. I want him to get help."

Joseph Bolick Jr. was charged Nov. 25 with filing a false police report and accused of making up an elaborate tale in early November of being kidnapped from home at gunpoint, driven to Wilkes County by drug dealers, beaten and shot in the ear before escaping and running for his life. He was also charged with failing to appear in court on charges of larceny and consuming alcohol in front of a convenience store. He has prior convictions on charges of assault on a female, false imprisonment, larceny and breaking and entering.