- Associated Press - Thursday, December 21, 2017

HAMMOND, Ind. (AP) - A federal magistrate has postponed the pre-trial hearing of a northwestern Indiana man charged in a pipe bomb explosion at a post office.

Forty-five-year-old Eric Krieg’s hearing had been scheduled for Wednesday, but a magistrate in Hammond postponed it and has not set a new hearing date.

The (Northwest Indiana) Times reports Krieg’s trial remains scheduled to begin Jan. 16.

The Munster man has pleaded not guilty to federal charges of knowing possession of a destructive device and transporting explosive materials.

Federal prosecutors allege that Krieg mailed a package at the East Chicago post office that exploded Sept. 6, injuring a postal worker, and also mailed a suspicious package to another individual on Sept. 29.

Krieg has been in federal custody since his October arrest.

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Information from: The Times, http://www.nwitimes.com

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