Accused of WMD possession, Penn State-Altoona student has hearing continued

lfalce@centredaily.comFebruary 5, 2014 

Bomb Materials Arrest

Miftakhov

AP

— A Penn State Altoona student arrested in conjunction with weapons of mass destruction had his case continued Wednesday.

Vladislav Miftakhov, 18, was supposed to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday. That appearance was continued at the request of the Russian national’s attorney, Bob Donaldson.

According to the office of District Judge Jeffrey Auker, the preliminary hearing was rescheduled for 9 a.m. Feb. 18 in the Blair County Court of Common Pleas in Hollidaysburg.

Miftakhov was arrested Jan. 24 by Altoona police, who were investigating a suspected marijuana-growing operation. That investigation grew to include more charges when police uncovered a bomb and related materials, they said.

Miftakhov was charged with 10 different crimes, the most serious being felony counts of unlawful possession of weapons of mass destruction and risking catastrophe.

An engineering student, Miftakhov told police he obtained the bomb-making paraphernalia online. He remains at Blair County Prison on $500,000 bail.

Lori Falce can be reached at 235-3910. Follow her on Twitter @lorifalce.

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