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Weaver detained in Anchorage, awaits arraignment


Petersburg resident Mark Weaver, 59, awaits an arraignment and status of counsel hearing in Anchorage after the U.S. Marshal's service transferred him from Tacoma, Wash. where he was arrested in late August.

Weaver was indicted by a Grand Jury on two counts of Possession of Unregistered Destructive Devices following an explosion in the Petersburg rock quarry July 13 where he sustained injuries and was subsequently transported to Washington for medical treatment.

Following the incident, local police, the FBI and officials from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives identified the explosive material at the scene as Tovex, a commercial grade explosive. In subsequent searches of Weaver's property investigators found seven hand grenades.

In a detention hearing in U.S. District Court on Oct. 3, Magistrate Judge Leslie Longenbaugh ordered Weaver to remain in


According to court documents, “The pretrial services report gives the court reason for concern that defendant will not appear and will pose a danger to the community if released pending the arraignment and status hearing.”

Weaver is working to obtain private council from attorney Phillip Weidner.

“Mr. Weidner informed the court that he believes he will be proceeding as retained counsel, but that an arrangement has not yet been reached,” according to court minutes from Oct. 7.

Weaver's next hearing is scheduled for Oct. 23 at 10 a.m. in Anchorage.


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