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Gloucester man was on police radar before Williamsburg blast

Gloucester man was on police radar before Williamsburg blast

Stephen James Powers was a familiar face around Williamsburg.

Powers was arrested Friday, a day after an improvised explosive device detonated in the parking lot behind Berret’s Seafood Restaurant and Taphouse Grill. The Hayes man had worked in the maintenance department at Colonial Williamsburg for more than two years, according to documents filed in Williamsburg-James City County General District Court.

In the days prior to Thursday’s explosion, Powers had several interactions with Colonial Williamsburg security and Williamsburg police and fire personnel, according to the criminal complaint. None of those interactions warranted an arrest, but they placed Powers on police’s...

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