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February 16. 2013 8:33PM
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KINGSTON TWP. ‚?? State police at Wyoming charged a man with possessing an explosive device constructed with a cardboard tube, flash powder and nails.

William Simmons Miller, 55, of Bodle Road, Franklin Township, was scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday by District Judge James Tupper on charges of possessing weapons of mass destruction, prohibited offensive weapons and reckless endangerment.

Miller failed to show up for the arraignment.

State police filed the charges against Miller on Wednesday, when an arrest warrant was issued.

Miller could not be reached for comment on Wednesday.

In an unrelated case, Miller pleaded guilty to illegal possession of a firearm on July 23 in connection with a domestic disturbance at his residence on Aug. 26, 2011, according to court records.

State police allege in arrest records that Miller had several guns in his residence, including a World War II German pistol. Miller was convicted of aggravated assault in 1978 and is prohibited from owning or possessing guns.

Miller is scheduled to be sentenced Sept. 14 on that charge.

According to the latest criminal complaint:

After the domestic disturbance in August 2011, Miller‚??s ex-wife, Suzanne Henson-Miller, and her brother, Robert Henson, found what appeared to be a bomb inside a toolbox in the garage.

Troopers with the state police Hazardous Device and Explosives Section based in Harrisburg seized the device from the tool box.

The device, which measured 7 ¬Ĺ inches long and 1 ¬Ĺ inches wide, was constructed with a cardboard tube, propellant black powder, a fuse and nails glued to the outside perimeter, the complaint says.

Miller allegedly said during an unrelated court hearing in September 2011 that the device was made by a friend in West Pittston and he was going to use the device to ‚??destroy pigeons,‚?Ě according to the complaint.

State police said the device if exploded would have propelled nails in multiple directions.

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