FRANKLIN - Four men have been charged with disorderly conduct in connection with an incident involving explosive bottles found near Kayla's Playground the morning before its opening day in October 2015.
Samuel Natschke-Jurkiewicz, 19, was charged in Milwaukee County Circuit Court with misdemeanor disorderly conduct. Dominic Tarantino, 19, Tyler Swainston, 20, and Austin Wright 19 are facing charges of disorderly conduct on a municipal level.
All four suspects were living in Franklin at the time of the incident.
Police were able to identify the suspects thanks to evidence recovered at the scene over a year and a half ago.
When the Franklin Police Department first responded to calls of loud noises near Kayla's Playground at about midnight Oct. 9, they found two plastic bottles leaking a white vapor. The bottles seemed to be designed to explode.
After the Milwaukee Police Department's Hazardous Device Unit rendered the bottles safe, the bottles were sent to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab. In January, the lab connected fingerprint evidence found on the bottles to the four suspects.
According to Franklin Police Capt. Jospeh Spak, there is no known connection between the exploding bottles and the opening of the playground.
Natschke-Jurkiewicz is set for a pretrial hearing on Feb. 24, according to online court records.