Crime

Man facing weapons of mass destruction charges signs plea agreement

The trial for a Morrisdale man accused of having an explosive device was canceled Wednesday morning after he signed a plea agreement.

Jonathan Michael Harvey, 24, is facing a felony charge of weapons of mass destruction-unlawful possession or manufacture and a misdemeanor count of make repairs/sell/offensive weapon. He was scheduled for a two-day trial beginning Wednesday in Clearfield County Court.

He remains incarcerated in the Clearfield County Jail lieu of $50,000 bail and will be scheduled for sentencing within 90 days.

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 in Lawrence Township.

Police and state parole officers went to this address where they 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 without a problem. After Schneider was advised he was going to be charged with harboring a fugitive, he admitted he was on probation in Centre County.

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

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 the police. The bag was taken to the police station where an assembled pipe bomb was allegedly found in the bottom.

The bomb was disarmed, 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. This was confirmed by surveillance video and store 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. He also signed a plea and is scheduled for sentencing Nov. 20.

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