Daily Independent (Ashland, KY)

May 7, 2013

Recognition for service

Investigators honored for work on bombing case

Kenneth Hart
The Independent

FRANKFORT — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms recently presented certificates of appreciation to four members of the Kentucky State Police Hazardous Devices Unit for their roles in the investigation of a 2011 car bombing in an Ashland parking garage.

The ATF presented certificates to the four on April 29 at KSP headquarters in Frankfort.

Those honored were KSP hazardous devices supervisor Jackey Edwards, hazardous devices investigator James Adkins, hazardous devices Investigator Hilton Hastings and hazardous devices investigator Channce Dawdy.

The four were responded as part of a joint investigation with the ATF and the Ashland Police Department of the July 28, 2011, explosion in the parking garage of the Skytower, located in the 1200 block of Bath Avenue. Their investigative work helped convict Thomas K. Biederman of Russell of attempted murder and use of a weapon of mass destruction for booby-trapping his wife’s vehicle with a homemade explosive device.

The bomb, which was wired into the vehicle’s left brake light, detonated when Janie Biederman, who now goes by her maiden name of Riggs, touched the brake pedal of her Ford Mustang convertible.

Riggs suffered burns to the backs of her legs and other injuries in the blast. Biederman was sentenced in December to 40 years in prison. Because he is classified as a violent offender, he will have to serve as at least 20 years before he is eligible for parole.

Biederman, 53, is currently lodged in the Webster County Jail, according to the Kentucky Offender Online Lookup system.

KENNETH HART can be reached at khart@dailyindependent.com or (606) 326-2654.