Teenager arrested on gun charge in rural Adams County

ADAMS COUNTY, Ind. (WANE) - Police in Adams County said they recovered items that were potentially explosive and destructive from an Adams County home Friday night.  The home was searched after a teenager who lived there was arrested on a preliminary charge of “dangerous control of a firearm,” a class C felony.

The devices were found at a home at 5171 W 300 South in western Adams County, after police served search warrants at the property.

Adams County Sheriff Shane Rekeweg said the search stemmed from the arrest of Zachary T. Fiechter, 18, who was charged with dangerous control of a firearm.

“We were investigating an improper transaction of a firearm,” said Rekeweg.  “That led us to the home and some potentially destructive devices.”

Fiechter lives at the home where the devices were found.

Rekeweg would not give specifics on where or how many devices were found on the property, or what led his officers to believe explosives were at the home. The devices were confiscated and will be analyzed to determine what they are.

The sheriff could not estimate how long it would take to analyze the devices to determine what they were.  If the devices are found to be destructive, Fiechter could face aditional charges.

“We were lucky we were able to get information about this, be able to investigate it, and be able to confiscate these devices – if they are actual live devices, not props – before anyone got hurt,” Rekeweg said.

NewsChannel 15 has learned of an additional incident in connection to the investigation. According to a sergeant with the Bluffton Police Department, officers with the Adams County Sheriff’s Department notified Bluffton police that there may have been explosive devices at Kingdom Academy, a private Christian school in Bluffton.  Allen County Sheriff’s Department brought over a K-9 that specifically searches for explosive devices. It took multiple agencies around a half hour to search the school, but found nothing suspicious.

No one had to be evacuated from the school.  Police had to get in touch with a school official to let police inside to search the building

Kingdom Academy is located a little less than 10 miles away from the home police surrounded in Adams County.

Rekeweg added he did not believe Fiechter had a previous criminal record.

The investigation is still ongoing.

NewsChannel 15 will have more information on this story after prosecutors file charges with the court system.

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