Man facing 25 charges that include drug, firearms counts

A Cranberry man is facing 25 charges, including several felonies, for fighting with his neighbor, firing several shots in the air and having a marijuana grow operation in his home.

Franklin state police were called at about 2 p.m. Sunday to a home on Tool House Road where the residents said Carl Wilt, 57, had showed up, where he is unwelcome, and an argument ensued that turned physical.

Following a “shoving match” between Wilt and the man who lives at the house, Wilt got into his truck, the complaint said.

As he drove away, Wilt fired several shots into the air with a revolver, the complaint said. The complaint also notes that Wilt is a felon who isn’t allowed to possess guns.

The man who lived in the house also fired off one round from his 30-30 rifle, not directed at Wilt but to scare him off, the complaint said.

Multiple witnesses confirmed the events to the troopers, according to the complaint.

The man who lives at the residence said he and Wilt, who lives nearby, had been friends for years but in recent months they had been arguing and he had told Wilt not to come onto his property, the complaint said.

Wilt was taken into custody at his house where he lived with his girlfriend and two children, the complaint said.

The troopers executed a search warrant for guns at Wilt’s house and found a revolver, rifle and 30-30 shotgun as well as ammunition and a spent 30-30 shell casing, according to the complaint.

Police also found marijuana and drug paraphernalia in Wilt’s house, so they got a search warrant and retrieved 10 marijuana plants as well as marijuana and drug paraphernalia, the complaint said.

Wilt was charged with single felony counts of possession of firearm prohibited, firearms not to be carried without a license, and manufacture, delivery or possession with intent to manufacture or deliver, two felony counts of endangering the welfare of children, two misdemeanor counts each of terroristic threats and recklessly endangering another person, 12 misdemeanor counts of use/possession of drug paraphrenia, one misdemeanor count of possession of a controlled substance, two summary counts of harassment and one summary count of criminal trespass.

He was arraigned Monday and placed in the Venango County jail after being unable to post bail, and his preliminary hearing is scheduled May 15 in Central Court.