Federal judge lets explosives defendant travel for work

The terms of release for a local man have been tweaked.

James Woodring, 50, of Centre Hall, has had an order issued in his case, allowing certain liberties as he awaits trial.

Woodring faces federal charges for allegedly manufacturing and dealing explosives without a license, transporting explosive materials, possessing a firearm as a prohibited person and possessing a stolen firearm. He was arrested two days after his Centre Hall home exploded.

Prosecutors say Woodring was altering regulated explosives, which he was not legally allowed to sell, with the changes meant to increase the mortars’ power and volatility.

Woodring was released on “conditions,” on May 24, four days after his arrest. But in documents last week, his attorney, John Abom, requested a modification.

“Mr. Woodring recently obtained an employment position with Wizzards Janitorial Systems, a cleaning company based in Bellefonte ... through an employment agency, Express Employment Professionals,” Abom wrote.

The motion requested that Woodring’s travel restrictions be eased, allowing him to do work for the company’s clients outside of the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The motion was unopposed by Assistant U.S Attorney Philip Caraballo-Garrison. Federal Judge Malachy Mannion granted the motion this week.

However, a Wizzards representative said that Woodring was not employed at the cleaning service.

“I’m not sure about the state of his employment today,” said Express owner Ami Ingold.

She confirmed that Woodring was hired for a temporary position.

Woodring’s wife, Christina, 34, is also charged, accused of conspiring to manufacture and deal explosives and related offenses.

Lori Falce: 814-235-3910, @LoriFalce