No Bail for Vernal Man Who Made Bomb Threats

A Vernal man who threatened to use a bomb at a local business is behind bars and being held on no bail. According to the Vernal Police arresting statement, 38-year-old Joel Micah Lyda had gone into a local establishment and told an acquaintance that he was upset about a recent arrest and based on the outcome of that case he was planning to make a bomb in order to “get even”. In that conversation, Lyda explained that he would obtain a 15 foot fuse and was trying to decide whether to use plastic or metal containers and black powder or gunpowder. Lyda warned the acquaintance not to contact police, reminding her that he owns guns. The informant contacted police saying the she believed Lyda was planning to use a bomb at a local pizza place in Vernal. The court document later explains that Lyda was involved in a recent incident at the pizza place in which Lyda assaulted a juvenile employee because he believed his pizza was burned. Other incidents of violence at local businesses were also outlined including an incident in 2014 when Lyda pulled a gun on an employer and a separate incident when Lyda pulled a gun out at a local business and was talking about killing people. Vernal Police began their investigation regarding the bomb threat on July 19th and Lyda was arrested at Mountain America Credit Union on July 20th. He is charged with 2nd Degree Felony Threat of Terrorism and Misdemeanor charges of Possession or Use of a Controlled Substance, Possession or Use of Drug Paraphernalia, and Interference with an Arresting Officer. Lyda is scheduled to be in 8th District Court on August 3rd.


Kristin Baldwin

Kristin never planned to work in news radio but has thoroughly enjoyed being part of the news team at KVEL. Her love of literature and writing developed in high school which led her to study English Literature and Technical Writing at BYU. She received her BA in English from BYU in 2005 and studied at UVU in Orem for 2 semesters to become a Certified Technical Writer in 2006. Two months after completion she began her dream job of being a stay-at-home mom.  As mother of 2 energetic kids, she began writing from home for the KVEL news team in 2011 and considers it the perfect fit as a full time mom and part time writer.