Franklin man facing charges after explosive, drugs found in home

From staff reports

A Franklin man is facing charges after a homemade explosive and drugs were found in his apartment Friday.

Franklin police said in a criminal complaint that they went to search for a wanted felon at the apartment of Tyler Howard, 22, in Arbor Circle, at about 4:45 p.m. Friday.

Howard allowed police to search the apartment, and police said they could smell marijuana coming from inside the residence, according to the complaint.

Police said that inside the residence in plain view they found a homemade explosive, two baggies of marijuana, torch lighters, baggies and a bowl. Police took pictures of the explosive and sent them to the Erie bomb squad, the complaint said.

The bomb squad sent members with a bomb trailer to retrieve the explosive, believed to contain explosives equivalent to one stick of dynamite, and store it in a secure facility, police said.

Police obtained a warrant to search the apartment and found digital scales and other drug paraphernalia, the complaint said.

Howard was charged with felony counts of criminal use of a communication facility, risking catastrophe and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver marijuana, and misdemeanor counts of make repairs/sell/ etc. offensive weapon, possession of marijuana and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was arraigned Friday before district judge Andrew Fish, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled Wednesday in Venango County Central Court.