There was no hearing on Wednesday for Frederick Rice.
The 53-year-old Harrisburg man was scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing. He waived his right to that hearing.
Rice is charged with felony counts of weapons of mass destruction and possession of explosive or incendiary materials and misdemeanor counts of making offensive weapons and recklessly endangering another person.
The charges stem from an Aug. 5 incident in which the Piney Ridge neighborhood of Pine Grove Mills was swarmed by emergency crews after a foot-long, 2-inch diameter pipe bomb was found in Rice’s SUV on Wyandotte Lane.
According to court documents, Rice was visiting a friend at that location. He was angry because he believed his wife was having an affair, police said, and he built the bomb from a pipe, black powder and an electric match, sealing the ends and wrapping it in electrical tape with wires. Police said he intended to attach it to the vehicle of his wife’s alleged lover and detonate it with a remote control. A dismantled remote control with exposed wires and a battery pack was also found with the bomb, according to the complaint.
Some homes in the area were evacuated. Others were sealed off with residents cautioned to stay inside. Explosive technicians were brought in from Penn State and state police. The Penn State technician called the device “capable of causing substantial harm.”
Rice remains at Centre County Correctional Facility. His bail was set at $500,000.