Alliance man charged with dynamite in vacant home

ALLIANCE — A city man is facing charges after dynamite was discovered in a vacant home.

Wesley H. Mulinix, 60, of North Park Avenue, was arrested after the incident Wednesday that involved Alliance police, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms and Summit County’s bomb squad.

The incident began when Alliance officers, while on a requested stand-by in a residence, saw and seized an illegal weapon: a loaded shotgun with the barrel and stock cut off.

That’s when agents from the Cleveland office of the BATF joined the investigation.

The probe led to a vacant home in the 400 block of West High Street which belongs to the family of the alleged owner of the weapon.

At the vacant home officers located what appeared to be a large amount of explosives concealed in an older freezer. That led to the evacuation of about 30 neighboring homes for more than two hours.

The Summit bomb squad was called and recovered 39 sticks of dynamite from the property. The dynamite was safely removed to taken to the Alliance police range for immediate disposal.

Mulinix is charged with one count of having weapons under disability, a third-degree felony; two counts of possessing dangerous ordnance, both fifth-degree felonies; and one count of inducing panic, also a fifth-degree felony.

He was taken to the Stark County jail pending arraignment in Alliance Municipal Court on Monday. He is being held on $250,000 bond.