|Members of the Barrie police bomb disposal squad along with the Criminial Investigations Branch confer outside of 30 Virgilwood Court Monday in a search for more weapons and dangerous chemicals. Police have already removed 50 explosives from the house since Friday. (J.T.MCVEIGH/QMI AGENCY)
BARRIE, Ont. — Dozens of new charges have been laid against a Barrie, Ont., man and his son after police found improvised explosives, firearms and chemicals in their home, which forced the evacuation of the neighbourhood for more than a week last month.
William Feldhoff, 75, and his son Donald, 54, have been in custody in nearby Penetanguishene since mid-July for charges related to a historical murder.
Donald Feldhoff has already been charged with first-degree murder when he walked into the Barrie police station on July 11 and confessed to the 1978 murder of 26-year-old Michael Traynor, while William was charged with accessory after the fact.
In October 1978, a hunter found Traynor's body in a shallow grave in the Midhurst area, north of Barrie, in what is now Springwater Township. Traynor had been shot in the chest with a .22-calibre gun, his hands and ankles bound with copper wire.
Donald also told police about the potential of bombs at his parents’ Virgilwood Crescent home.
That led to the evacuation of 22 nearby homes for more than a week, while police removed and destroyed 83 homemade explosives and 29 weapons from the property.
After further investigation, police laid additional charges against the men Wednesday.
William Feldhoff faces 39 additional charges for unlawful possession of firearms, unlawful storage of firearms and tampering with firearms. The total number of charges he now faces is 84.
Donald Feldhoff is scheduled to appear in court by video-link on Friday for a remand hearing.