Man already facing charges accused in 2 new cases

A Franklin man facing charges in a child endangerment case that is already going through the court system has been charged in two other cases.

Sugarcreek Borough police said in a criminal complaint that Kevin Wilson, 31, fled his place of employment when police came to arrest him on a warrant Dec. 26.

Police said Wilson was wanted on charges stemming from an incident Dec. 20 in which police found drugs, weapons and large of amounts of money at a residence on Gilfillan Street, all within reach of a child who lived at the residence.

A co-worker who drove Wilson to work turned over to police a backpack Wilson had left in his vehicle, the complaint said.

Police found various items of drug paraphernalia, methamphetamine and items that indicated the sale of drugs along with other miscellaneous items in the backpack, according to the complaint.

Later that day, Sean Penker, 32, of Franklin, told police who were looking for Wilson that he knew Wilson was a wanted man and had told him he wasn’t allowed to come to his house, according to another criminal complaint filed by Sugarcreek police.

When police returned to Penker’s house the next day, he admitted to them he had let Wilson stay the night at his house and had lied to police about it the day before, the complaint said.

Witnesses also told police that Wilson concealed two firearms in his backpack on Dec. 23, according to a criminal complaint. Wilson doesn’t have a conceal carry permit, the complaint said.

Wilson has been charged in one case with a felony count of manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substance and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

He was charged with a misdemeanor count of firearms not to be carried without a license in the second case.

In the Dec. 20 Gilfillan Street incident, Wilson was held for court at a preliminary hearing last week on felony counts of conspiracy-manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver and endangering the welfare of children-parent/guardian/other commits offense, and misdemeanor counts of possession of a controlled substances and use/possession of drug paraphernalia.

Meanwhile, Penker has been charged with a felony count of hindering apprehension/prosecution- false information to law enforcement officers.

Wilson and Penker were both arraigned Wednesday before district judge Patrick Lowrey and placed in the Venango County jail after failing to post bail.

Wilson’s preliminary hearings in the two new cases are scheduled Wednesday, and Penker’s preliminary hearing is scheduled Jan. 29.