Former Army EOD officer given more charges after federal raid


A former Army EOD technician originally charged for keeping explosives in a trailer has been slapped with additional charges by Platte County, Missouri.

The local prosecutor’s office filed an additional charge of unlawful possession, transport, manufacture, repair or sale of illegal weapons on Wednesday against former EOD technician John Panchalk, according to KSHB.

On May 19th, officers were sent to the storage facility where Panchalk kept his hidden cache, investigating reports of property damage. Citing probable cause, they investigated a trailer with the ramp door slightly open, finding boxes of various pyrotechnics, including a brick of C4.

Storage facility owner Sandy Knoernshild, told officers that Panchalk rented the space where the trailer was located.

After notifying federal law enforcement and EOD, police were sent to Panchalk’s house where a larger cache was located, containing 31 bricks of C4.

Court records show Panchalk waived his federal preliminary hearing. His bond in Platte County is set for $10,000.

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