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Homemade explosives found in Fayette home, police contend

| Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

A Fayette County man faces criminal charges after police say they found homemade explosive devices in his North Union home.

Michael Adrian Suich, 43, of 47 Rose Blvd., North Union, was to be arraigned Tuesday night on charges of prohibited offensive weapons, reckless endangerment and weapons of mass destruction, said Trooper Scott Krofcheck of state police at Uniontown.

Krofcheck said police learned of the alleged explosives with the help of Laurel Highlands School District Security and Fayette Children and Youth Services. He did not have specific details regarding the information the two agencies provided.

Members of the state police hazardous device and explosive section, criminal investigative and patrol units, federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and the Allegheny County Bomb Unit assisted in serving the search warrant at Suich's residence at about 4:30 p.m. yesterday. Suich was taken into custody at that time, Krofcheck said.

Investigators recovered "several homemade improvised explosive devices" inside the residence, Krofcheck said. Additional information regarding the nature of the devices and the exact number removed from the house was not immediately available, Krofcheck said.

"Our primary concern was to remove them from the residence," Krofcheck said, indicating that investigators were in the process of examining the devices before releasing additional details.

Many of Suich's neighbors remained in their homes or watched from the street as police searched the house for several hours.

Several, all of whom asked not to be identified, said police frequently are called to Suich's residence.

In July, Suich was charged with resisting arrest and disorderly conduct in an unrelated incident.

State police said he was found with a concealed handgun, a folding knife and a canister of pepper spray at a North Union residence that had been burglarized days earlier.

Suich was taken into custody on the porch of an Adele Street residence, where he was sipping a beer while a state police investigation of the burglary was going on inside. The theft occurred in July.

State police Trooper George Mrosko said that when questioned, Suich gave evasive answers, lied about having a weapon and resisted arrest.

According to state police, numerous pieces of jewelry were taken from the home.

Suich was free on bond in that case, awaiting trial on the charges, when police executed the search warrant at his house yesterday.

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