Teen pleads not guilty to explosive device charge

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Joshua Jordan Prater, 18 By Mike Gertzman Joshua Jordan Prater, 18 By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
Joshua Jordan Prater, 18 By Mike Gertzman Joshua Jordan Prater, 18 By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman
By Mike Gertzman By Mike Gertzman

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) -- A Tempe 18-year-old accused of having an improvised explosive device in his bedroom in his family's home has pleaded not guilty.

Joshua Prater entered the plea Thursday to a charge of misconducted involving weapons.

He was arraigned in Maricopa County Superior Court.

Police have said a cleaning woman found the device inside the home and took it to a fire station.

Firefighters notified police, and the bomb squad responded and disabled the device.

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