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Deputies Find More Suspicious Devices in N. Columbus Home

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines/Maria Durant) -- Deputies found additional suspicious devices Thursday while searching a North Side home where five homemade bombs were discovered the previous day.

Investigators have spent two days searching the Carolyn Avenue home of Mark Kulis after first discovering explosive materials while attempting to complete an eviction on Thursday morning.

Deputies arrested Kulis on a gun violation while serving him with an eviction notice during a traffic stop that preceded the search of his home. Investigators decided to wait until Kulis left the house to serve the notice because of concerns that he would react violently.

Authorities have since charged Kulis with carrying a concealed weapon and manufacturing explosive materials. A judge set his bail amount at $710,000 on Thursday morning.

Investigators neutralized five homemade bombs inside the home on Wednesday, including a booby-trapped device found in a stove. More suspicious devices were discovered during Thursday's search.

"They are labeled 'Stove' and 'Bedroom,'" Franklin County Sheriff Zach Scott said of the dangerous items. "We are not sure if these are detonators. We think he was probably getting ready to booby trap other areas of the home."

Deputies also found written anti-government ramblings inside Kulis's home, along with declarations of sovereignty.

Investigators' search of the home continued Thursday afternoon with the aid of a bomb-sniffing dog.

The suspect's family said Kulis is mentally ill but would never hurt anyone. They said he became especially troubled after losing his benefits from the Veterans Administration.
 
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