Testimony: Man Stopped for Warrant had Live Grenades, Meth, Loaded Revolver

A Holtwood man will be tried on numerous charges regarding possession of methamphetamine, a loaded revolver and two live grenades.

Following recent preliminary hearings in Willow Street, District Judge William Benner ordered 54-year-old Melvin Hartman be tried in Lancaster County Court on counts of possessing a weapon of mass destruction, felony firearms charges and related offenses.

First Assistant District Attorney Travis S. Anderson presented testimony from investigators who discussed two grenades and a loaded revolver found in a bag inside Hartman’s vehicle on June 30 at Kendig Square shopping center. The vehicle did not have a license plate and police also determined Hartman was wanted on a drug charge from February.

A team with the Pennsylvania State Police examined the grenades and determined they were live and could have exploded if engaged.

Police also found a container of methamphetamine in Hartman’s vehicle. He was charged with possession of methamphetamine in February.

District Judge Benner kept Hartman’s bail as is: $1.825 million on the dockets.

West Lampeter Township police filed charges.

Hartman also has a pending case regarding explosives found at his home during a subsequent search on July 3.

Hartman is presumed innocent.                       

MEDIA CONTACT: Brett A. Hambright, 717-295-2041; bhambright@co.lancaster.pa.us; Twitter: @BrettHambright