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More charges filed in Newell explosives case

| Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012, 12:02 a.m.

The brother of a Newell man wanted for harboring military and industrial explosives was charged for alerting the suspect that police were looking for him.

Mark Wilson, 56, of 100 Miller St., Newell, was charged with hindering apprehension and prosecution and obstruction of the administration of justice.

According to Southwest Regional police, Mark Wilson texted his brother Jeffrey Wilson, 58, of 102 Miller St., telling the elder brother to run. Mark Wilson allegedly confessed to officers that he sent a text to his brother Nov. 26, tipping him off that police were looking for him.

Police last week issued a warrant for Jeffrey Wilson, 58. On Nov. 26, police issued a search warrant at Jeffrey Wilson's 102 Miller St., Newell home discovering military and industrial explosives.

Police said Jeffrey Wilson is “out of state.”

Jeffrey Wilson was charged with four counts each of felony receiving stolen property and possession of prohibited offensive weapons, three counts of possession or transportation of alcohol, illegal alcohol and one count of possession of weapons of mass destruction, causing or risking a catastrophe.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms as well as the Allegheny County Police Bomb Squad are assisting in the ongoing investigation.

Southwest Regional police officers found the explosives Monday in a back room of the basement of Jeffrey Wilson's home. Wilson was not home at the time.

Police originally went to Jeffrey Wilson's residence in search of the two guns as a part of an investigation into a burglary ring that struck several homes in Newell over a five-month period.

A burglary reported Oct. 11 at a residence at 206 Long St. provided a break in that case.

In October, Mark Anthony Burnett, 18, of 409 Miller St., Newell, and Michael Sawyer, 21, of 922 Evan St., Jeannette, were each charged with three counts of burglary, criminal conspiracy aiding, theft by unlawful taking-movable property, and receiving stolen property.

Matthew Von Kerik, 21, of 136 Fourth St., Newell, was charged with two counts each of burglary, criminal conspiracy aiding, theft by unlawful taking-movable property, and receiving stolen property.

The firearms, which police did not believe Jeffrey Wilson stole, were never found.

While conducting the search, officers discovered several metal ammunition boxes located in the basement of the residence.

All explosive material was determined to be old and/or unstable.

Chris Buckley is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-684-2642 or cbuckley@tribweb.com.

The Allegheny County Bomb Squad determined that the residence contained, in total, 76.6 feet of military detonation cord, 6.6 feet of military fuse, 46 railway torpedoes, two military M18 red smoke grenades and 40 railway fuses.

The Allegheny County Bomb Squad took the explosives to the squad's facility at the Pittsburgh International Airport.

During the search, officers also seized two illegal double-edged knives, one double-edged sword, one double-edged spear, several magazines full of apparent AK-47 rounds, as well as three bottles of suspected moonshine illegal whiskey.

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