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bomb recovered from lp home

Thursday, September 21, 2017 14:58 PM
Written by Stan Maddux
Category: Local News

Police confirmed Thursday the presence of a bomb in the home of a LaPorte man being held on $50,000 bond.

Eric Weiler, 44, was booked Wednesday night into the LaPorte County Jail for attempted placement of a destructive device or explosive.

Formal charges in LaPorte Circuit Court were expected Thursday afternoon, courtroom officials said.

According to LaPorte Police, information developed about 4 p.m. Wednesday that someone living in the 700 block of F St. across from LaPorte High School was in possession of explosive material.

A warrant was later secured from LaPorte Circuit Court Judge Tom Alevizos to search the home.

What police called ''an item of destruction and/or explosive device'' was found and Weiler taken into custody, police said.

The device was secured and later disposed of by the Porter County Bomb Squad.

Police the next morning were still maintaining a presence outside the home marked by yellow crime scene tape stretched across the property.

Officers were stationed in the school parking lot and alley behind the defendant's residence.

Lou Wiencken, 82, said she and several of her neighbors beside the suspect's residence were evacuated by police about 8 p.m.

''Somebody come and said please leave your house for your safety,'' said Wiencken.

She was with her son, John, observing the activities of multiple law enforcement agencies from the high school parking lot where she waited for much of the time before allowed to return three hours later.

''It was really something. I never had that experience before. I don't want it again either,'' she said.

LaPorte School Corporation superintendent Mark Francesconi said activities inside the building were allowed to go on as scheduled last night after receiving assurance from police nobody there was in danger.

''When these situations go on, we have very good communication between the authorities and the school corporation,'' said Francesconi.