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Man who allegedly threatened to blow up courthouse has hearing delayed

July 17, 2007|By JENNIFER FITCH

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Waynesboro, Pa., man who allegedly threatened to blow up the Franklin County Courthouse and shoot all of its employees has had his preliminary hearing continued to Aug. 21 in Franklin County Central Court.

Patrick J. Milstreed's preliminary hearing on arson, prohibited offensive weapons and terroristic threats charges was scheduled for Tuesday.

Using information from a confidential informant, the Waynesboro Police Department obtained a search warrant for Milstreed's apartment at 2 E. Main St., police wrote in an affidavit of probable cause filed before Magisterial District Judge Larry Pentz. Five Waynesboro police officers and a Pennsylvania State Police bomb technician entered the home on May 4 at 7:51 p.m., the affidavit stated.

At the time, Milstreed, 24, already had been working his way through the court system after allegedly threatening to kill officers and spitting on them during an arrest on April 21 at 4:45 a.m.

Police, in the affidavit, said they initially did not find prohibited items in Milstreed's apartment during their search. Later, after taking photographs of the rooms, they allegedly found seven incendiary devices, including cardboard cylinders with fuses.

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They said they found small fireworks, throwing stars, brass metal knuckles, a baseball bat with metal spikes and a chain ball mace, the affidavit stated.

Police finished their search using a dog, which could not find anything else, officers said in the affidavit.

Milstreed, aka Patrick Riley, faces seven counts of arson, eight counts of prohibited offensive weapons and one count of terroristic threats. He remained in Franklin County Jail on Tuesday.

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