A September 2 trial date has been set for former Mountain Home city councilman Ron Rhodes, charged with plotting with another person to fire bomb a vehicle owned by Mountain Home resident Wendell J. "James" Bond with whom Rhodes has had an ongoing feud for a number of years.
According to court records, the second person, known only as a "concerned citizen", contacted the Mountain Home Police Department early last April to report that he had been approached by Rhodes, who served two terms as the alderman for Ward 1, Position 1, and asked to fire bomb the vehicle belonging to Bond for which Rhodes would pay the man $1,000. Rhodes allegedly provided the concerned citizen with a Mountain Home city map which was marked to show the location of Bond's residence.
The concerned citizen contacted police on April 12 and said that Rhodes had again approached him about burning the Bond vehicle. He said he told Rhodes that he had lost the first note and needed to come to Rhodes' residence to discuss the matter.
Prior to the meeting, the concerned citizen was fitted with recording equipment. When the meeting took place, investigators set up surveillance in a nearby parking lot. Rhodes and the concerned citizen were observed walking in Rhodes' yard at 1604 Inverness Drive discussing the plan to fire bomb Bond's vehicle. The concerned citizen was provided with a second handwritten note containing the intended victim's name, address and a description of the vehicle to be torched.
Rhodes allegedly paid the man $100 up front money. Prior to leaving the residence, the concerned citizen gave Rhodes a last chance to cancel the deal but Rhodes declined to call off the arrangement. The concerned citizen allegedly told Rhodes that the vehicle fire might spread to the house with Bond and his wife inside. Rhodes allegedly said that it that happened they would "just walk away" and act as if they knew nothing about the incident.
Rhodes was arrested following the second meeting.
He is represented by Melbourne attorney Gray Dellinger.
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