Crime

Morrisdale man accused of possessing weapons of mass destruction

All charges were held to court Wednesday after a preliminary hearing for a Morrisdale man accused of having an explosive device.

Jonathan Michael Harvey, 23, was charged with a felony count of weapons of mass destruction-unlawful possession or manufacture and a misdemeanor count of make repairs/sell/offensive weapon after police apprehended him at a Lawrence Township residence on March 1. His bail is $50,000.

According to the affidavit of probable cause, a state parole officer contacted local police regarding Harvey, who had a warrant for absconding from Tomorrow’s Hope in Coalport. Harvey was suspected of staying with Jake Schneider at a Daisy Street Extension home.

Police and state parole officers went to the address, where they reportedly saw a vehicle registered to Schneider in the driveway. When the officer knocked on the door, he said he could hear people moving around inside and running toward the back of the trailer. When Schneider answered the door, police said, he appeared to be under the influence.

Schneider allegedly told the officers Harvey was not there. The officers stated they heard someone in the rear bedroom. The officer reportedly told Schneider they had active warrants and if Harvey was inside, Schneider would be arrested for harboring a fugitive.

A neighbor confirmed two individuals were at the residence and said she saw Harvey inside the trailer. The state parole officer reportedly ordered Harvey to surrender. Harvey responded and was taken into custody.

After Schneider was advised he could be charged with harboring a fugitive, Schneider admitted he was on probation in Centre County.

While sweeping the home, the officers found drugs and paraphernalia in plain view, according to police.

Officers reportedly found a hutch with eight to 10 silver pouches with suspected synthetic marijuana. An open bag near the hutch allegedly contained gun powder, wire, caps and the end of a pipe sticking out — all materials used to create homemade pipe bombs, according to police. The bag was taken to the police station, where an assembled pipe bomb was allegedly found in the bottom.

The bomb was disarmed and packaged as evidence and sent to the crime lab. Lab results confirmed it contained explosive powder.

In an interview with police, Harvey said he and Schneider purchased the items together, confirmed by surveillance video and receipts. He allegedly said they did not make the bomb to cause harm to any specific individuals.

The search history of a Kindle Fire device found in the home allegedly showed they had searched for “how to obtain a firearm illegally.”

Schneider is facing charges of weapons of mass destruction, criminal conspiracy, possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance, intentional possession of a controlled substance and hindering apprehension. His preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 21.

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