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Man taken to hospital following standoff
Man is from West Virginia, was wanted in Long for burglary
LL 57 stil closed

A man who shut down a portion of Highway 57 in Long County for about 10 hours after claiming to have explosives has been arrested.

The man, Anthony Lee Young, 32, of Webster Springs, West Virginia, was wanted for a burglary committed Sunday in Long County. Authorities still haven't said whether the man had bombs on him, but Long County Sheriff Craig Nobles said items found on Young after he was arrested were “indicative of explosives.”

Young did not surrender and was overpowered by law enforcement officers. He was arrested shortly after 10 p.m. and taken by ambulance to taken to Wayne Memorial Hospital followed by a caravan of police vehicles. 

The standoff, which shut down eastbound traffic on Highway 57 near Baggs Cemetery Road from about noon until it ended, was prompted after a Long County Sheriff’s Department deputy stopped Young for questioning about a recent burglary. Young, who was on foot, was acting erratically and seemed to be under the influence of drugs, according to Nobles, and the deputy noticed Young had canisters of some sort “attached” to his body.

Bomb disposal units from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and Fort Stewart were called in. Nobles said there was no danger to the public during the standoff and the GBI is investigating. 

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