Former Army officer admits illegally having grenades

     (AP) – A former U.S. Army explosives expert has admitted in

federal court that he illegally possessed grenades that authorities say were

among a cache of explosives found in his Kansas home.

     Forty-two-year-old John Panchalk of Overland Park pleaded guilty Monday in

Kansas City, Kansas, to possessing two M-67 fragmentation grenades unregistered

to him.

     Federal prosecutors say they’ll recommend probation.

     Panchalk caught investigators’ attention in May when police responding to a

report of a stolen vehicle at a Parkville, Missouri, self-storage site found

storage trailers vandalized. One of them, later linked to Panchalk, contained

explosives that included ammunition canisters, blasting caps, C-4 explosives and

military grenade simulators.

     A search of Panchalk’s home uncovered 38 pounds of C-4 explosive, detonation

cord, blasting caps, grenade simulators, incendiary devices and the two

fragmentation grenades.


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